Public service award
The State Bar invites nominations for attorneys
whose accomplishments have served the public and the legal profession.
Nominations for the 2001 President's Pro Bono Service Awards, the
Loren Miller Legal Services Award and the Jack Berman Award of
Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public
must be submitted by May 11.
The pro bono awards have been reconfigured this
year and will be presented in the following categories: corporate
(employed by a corporation), government (employed by a local, state or
federal agency), retired (enrolled in the State Bar's emeritus
attorney program), recently admitted (first four years of practice),
large law firm (100 or more in California), medium law firm (11-99 in
California), small law firm (2-10 in California) and sole
practitioner. In each category except sole practitioner, the award can
be given to an individual or a team of attorneys.
Factors to be considered include the breadth and
impact of the nominee's work and practice setting, the nature of the
pro bono program through which the work is done, nature of the
services, and evidence of the nominee's continuing commitment to pro
All award recipients must be California lawyers
who provided pro bono legal services in 2000.
The Loren Miller Legal Services Award is
presented to a lawyer who demonstrates a long-term commitment to legal
services and who personally extended legal services to the poor.
Guidelines for criteria and nomination forms for
both awards are available at www.calbar.org or from Kate O'Connor at
415/538-2141 or Kate.Oconnor@calsb.org.
The Jack Berman Award, named in honor of a young
attorney who was killed in the 101 California St. massacre in San
Francisco, is given by the California Young Lawyers Association. It
recognizes individual accomplishments provided through a program,
project and/or special event, whether or not coordinated by a local
Any active bar member who is in the first five
years of practice or who is 36 or under may be nominated.
Additional information about the award is
available from Martin Morales, 415/538-2316, or Rodney Low,
All awards will be presented at the State Bar
Annual Meeting in September.
Five seats open on State Bar
and CYLA boards
Five seats on the State Bar Board of Governors
and the California Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors are up
for election and interested candidates may pick up nominating
petitions April 9.
The available positions are in District 2
(Alpine, Amador, Calaver-as, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano,
Sonoma, Tuolomne and Yolo counties); District 3 (Alameda, Contra
Costa, Santa Clara and San Mateo counties); District 4 (Marin and San
Francisco counties); and District 7 (Los Angeles, two seats open).
Any active California attorney whose law practice
is located within any of the districts is eligible to run for the
State Bar board. CYLA candidates must be in their first five years of
active bar membership or be age 36 and under and work in the district
where there is a vacancy.
Members of each board serve three-year terms and
will assume their seats at the conclusion of the bar's 2001 annual
Petitions must be filed by May 25 and ballots
will be mailed July 2. Voting will end Aug. 17.
Petitions for the board of governors may be
obtained from Biljanna Sivanov, 415/538-2274, or on the bar's
website, www.calbar.org. Full details about the election also will be
Information about the CYLA election is available
by contacting Martin Morales, 415/538-2316, or Rodney Low,
Fee arbitrator training set for
May 3 in Sacramento
A training session is scheduled May 3 for
volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the
mandatory fee arbitration programs through the local county bars in
Sacramento, Yolo, and Butte counties and/or the State Bar of
interested in becoming arbitrators also are invited.
The session is sponsored by the State Bar's
Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration and the Sacramento County Bar
Association. It will be held from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Sacramento
Capitol Club, 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 600, Sacramento. Attendees will
receive 2.75 hours of MCLE credit.
Speakers will address recent developments in fee
arbitration and other topics such as writing an enforceable award,
statute of limitations, conflicts of interest, arbitrator disclosure
requirements and controlling the proceeding.
To register, contact the Sacra-mento County Bar
Association at 916/448-1087. For more information, contact Jill
Sperber, director of the State Bar's Office of Mandatory Fee
Arbitration at 415/538-2023.
Seats open on Orange Co. legal
The State Bar is seeking applications from
attorneys interested in serving on the board of directors of the Legal
Aid Society of Orange County. The 20-member board meets four times a
year to make policy decisions governing the program's operations.
The term of office is three years.
Interested attorneys should apply by letter
stating the reasons they should be appointed, and include a resume
outlining work experience, community activity and educational
background. Materials should be sent to Denise Teraoka, Legal Services
Trust Fund Program, State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San
Francisco 94105. Questions may be directed to 415/538-2545.
The deadline for applications is May 1.
Trial advocacy group to offer
jury selection course
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy will
present "Jury Selection for the 21st Century" May 4 in San Diego.
The program will include lectures, mini-demonstrations and
participatory discussions. It will focus on addressing voir dire
restrictions and obstacles, improving an attorney's questioning
technique, receiving good quality information from jurors, and
selecting the best jurors for a particular case.
Cost of the program is $179 and participants will
earn 7.5 hours of MCLE credit. It will be held at the Westin Horton
Plaza, 910 Broadway Circle in San Diego.
Information is available from NITA at
1-800/225-6482 or online at www.nita.org.
Women lawyers offer seminar on
The State Bar's Committee on Women in the Law
will hold a morning seminar April 21 in Santa Barbara on improving
litigation techniques in civil and criminal cases.
"Maximizing Your Success and Performance:
Litigation Techniques in Civil and Criminal Proceedings; Elimination
of Bias in the Legal Profession" is co-sponsored by Santa Barbara
The session, which offers MCLE credit, will be
held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Santa Barbara Superior Court, Figueroa
Division, Department 12, 118 E. Figueroa St.
To register or to obtain further information,
contact Jennifer Turgeon at 213/626-7300.
State Bar offers updated
Twenty-one consumer education pamphlets, dealing
with topics including rent, divorce, wills
and debts, are available from the State Bar.
Six pamphlets have been translated into Spanish,
and many are online in English at www.calbar.org.
Order forms for obtaining print copies may be obtained by calling
The bar hopes to begin translating some pamphlets into additional languages by the end of this year.
The pamphlets are:
How Can I
Find and Hire the Right Lawyer? (also in Spanish);
How Do I Use the Small Claims Court? (also in Spanish);
What Should I Know Before I Rent? (also in Spanish);
What Should I Know if I Am Arrested? (also in Spanish);
What Can I Do If I Can't Pay my Debts? (also in Spanish);
Can the Law Help Protect Me From Domestic Violence? (also in Spanish);
What Should I Know About Divorce and Custody?;
What Should I Do if I Have an Auto Accident?;
What Should I Know About Hate Crimes?;
What Should I Know Before Sign?;
What Should I Know Before I Buy a House?;
What Should I Do If I Am A Crime Victim?; and
What Can I Do If I Have A Problem With My Lawyer?
To order one pamphlet, send a self-addressed
stamped envelope for each single pamphlet. Two to 99 copies of any
combination of pamphlets are available for 50-cents each, and 100
copies of the same pamphlet cost $35.
Checks payable to the State Bar of California
should be sent to: State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San
Francisco 94105. Attn: Pamphlets.
Inquiries about pamphlets dealing with wills,
trusts and estate planning should be directed to 415/538-2206.
Video offers protection from
estate planning fraud
A video program designed to present the truth
about estate planning scams to senior citizens is available from the
Produced by the Estate Planning, Trust &
Probate Section, Taking Charge: The Rewards and Risks of Estate
Planning will help seniors evaluate and make informed decisions about
estate planning proposals they may receive.
It offers advice on how to look for red flags in
dealing with businesses that may not have their best interests at
heart, how to say no to unwanted solicitations for financial products,
and how to get legitimate help with estate planning.
The video is intended to be used in conjunction
with a live presentation by a member of the section's speaker's
It is available to section members for $20 and
for $25 to all others. Order information is available at the bar's
web site, www.calbar.org, by
linking to the section and then the product order form.
Pen pals sought for youthful
Volunteers in Parole Inc., a non-profit
organization which matches youthful offenders with attorneys who act
as mentors, invites lawyers and third-year law students in the Santa
Clara area to volunteer as pen pals.
The work, which involves corresponding with young
men and women incarcerated in one of 11 California Youth Authority
facilities, requires one hour per month. It offers the volunteers a
unique opportunity to help incarcerated youth who may parole to the
San Jose area within six months and to learn about the criminal
To sign up or obtain more information, call
New legal services directory is
The 2000-2001 edition of the California Legal
Services Directory is available for $25. The directory, prepared by
the State Bar's Office of Program Develop-ment, contains listings of
all the Legal Services Trust Fund recipients (legal services
programs), as well as the support centers, State Bar certified lawyer
referral services, dispute resolution programs, and family law
To obtain a copy, send a check for $25 to: State
Bar of California, Office of Program Development - Directory, 180
Howard St., San Francisco CA 94105-1639. Orders by telephone
(415/538-2176) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org)