Election schedule set for bar board,
Nominating petitions for five seats on the State Bar Board of
Governors and five seats on the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Board of
Directors will be available May 19.
Open seats for both boards are in District 1 (Butte, Colusa, Del
Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta,
Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity and Yuba counties), District 3 (Alameda, Contra
Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties), District 5 (Fresno, Inyo, Kern, Kings, Madera,
Mari-posa, Merced, Mono, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus and
Tulare counties), District 7 (Los Angeles County) and District 9 (Imperial and San Diego
Any active attorney whose place of business is in one of the
represented counties is eligible to run for a three-year term.
Nominating petitions must be submitted by June 16 and ballots will be
mailed July 7. New board members will take their seats at the bars annual meeting in
Petitions for the board of governors are available from Billie
Sivanov, 415/538-2274. CYLA petitions are available from Sharon Ngim, 415/538-2267.
State Bars annual ethics symposium scheduled
Cutting edge ethical issues, ranging from multidisciplinary practice
to ADR ethics, will be the focus of the Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium next month.
The day-long event is co-sponsored by the State Bar Committee on
Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) and Western State University in
Fullerton. It is scheduled for June 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the university in
The symposium will feature plenary sessions and smaller panels and
offers participants six hours of continuing education credit in ethics.
For further information, contact Randall Difuntorum at 415/538-2161.
Three CLE programs produced by ABA
The American Bar Association has produced three new audio and video
instructional programs exploring key issues facing attorneys and offering insights from
Expert Witnesses: Selecting, Retaining, Deposing and Examining
Experts is a four-part program featuring strategies and techniques for dealing with
expert witnesses. Valuing Diversity: Law Firms and Leadership in the 21st Century,
focuses on what steps law firms should take to overcome barriers to a diverse workplace.
Both are available in both audio and videotape format.
A three-tape audio program, So Little Time, So Much Paper,
offers suggestions and techniques for more effective time management and ways to keep
track of work.
For more information or to order the programs, contact Patty Brown at
312/988-6193, or e-mail email@example.com.
A brochure about the products is available at www.abanet.org/cle
or by calling the ABA-CLE FaxInfo service at 800/995-1253.
3 more MCLE hearings slated this month
Three public hearings on the future of the State Bars minimum
continuing legal education program are scheduled this month.
The hearings give attorneys an opportunity to give their thoughts
about MCLE to members of a special commission scrutinizing the program.
The hearings will be held:
May 9, noon - 2 p.m., Los Angeles County Bar Association offices,
Suite 300, 261 South Figueroa St.; May 16, noon - 2 p.m., State Bar offices, Rooms B and
C, seventh floor, 180 Howard St., San Francisco; and May 25, noon - 2 p.m., Court of
Appeal, 2525 Capitol, Fresno.
Individuals wishing to testify do not need to provide advance notice.
Summer fellowship with bar foundation
College students entering their junior year are eligible to apply for
a summer fellowship with the Foundation of the State Bar in San Francisco.
The internship, which pays $1,300, will provide work experience for a
student interested in a career in non-profit work. It runs from May 22 to Aug. 11.
For information, contact foundation executive director James
Pfeiffer, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105; 415/538-2505. The application deadline is
15 win scholarships to help pay for bar exam
Fifteen California law school students were awarded $179 scholarships
by the Foundation of the State Bar to defray half the cost of the annual bar exam.
The recipients attend nine different law schools.
The awards were given through the Imelda Rosenthal Memorial
Scholarship, established in memory of the late wife of Herbert Rosenthal, executive
director emeritus of the bar.
Scholarships are available for first-time test-takers who demonstrate
a long-term commitment to public service.
Federal court offers notice of judgments
Attorneys admitted to the U.S. District Courts central district
may enroll in a free program which permits them to receive immediate faxed or e-mailed
copies of judgments and orders.
The optical scanning program is available now in the districts
western (Los Angeles) and southern (Santa Ana) divisions, and is expected to start up in
the eastern (Riverside) division shortly.
Attorneys who enroll in the program receive copies of judgments and
orders, including notice of entry of these documents, via fax or e-mail for all cases
pending in the central district court, including cases filed in the future, in which the
attorney is counsel of record.
The program is available to lawyers admitted to the central district
as well as out-of-state attorneys.
Enrollment forms are available at www.cacd.uscourts.gov or by calling 213/894-5474.
Interstate Insurance new bar carrier in July
The State Bars professional liability insurance program will
get a new look in July, when the Interstate Insurance Group becomes the insurance carrier
for the plan, succeeding Reliance National Insurance Co. The change was recommended by the
bars Standing Committee on Professional Liability Insurance and approved by the
board of governors in March.
According to committee co-chair John Hurley, the decision was based
on Interstates excellent financial strength ratings of A++XV from A.M. Best Co., the
highest possible rating, as well as its proposal for new coverage features and a long-term
commitment to the bar.
With so many carriers coming and going, Hurley said,
the committee concluded that the members of the State Bar would be well-served by a
financially strong carrier with a commitment to offer a stable market.
Hurley said the change is expected to be effective about July 1 for
current policyholders whose coverage expires after that date, subject to Insurance
Department approval of new policy features. No policy cancellations are expected; instead,
as Reliance National policies expire, members will be offered renewal coverage through
Interstate with the new coverage features.
Bar members who have questions may contact Kirke-Van Orsdel Inc. at
1-800/343-0132, or Cathie Hastings, the bars manager of insurance programs, at