California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - July 2001
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News / News Briefs
Two-year fee bill goes to governor
Janet Reno, low-cost MCLE highlight Annual Meeting
Stanley Mosk dies at 88
State Bar wins ABA's Harrison Tweed Award for pro bono, legal access, IOLTA efforts
Foundation will accept grant applications beginning July 16
Winnebago of justice serves those on the road less traveled
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Trials Digest
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Legal Tech - Matter management is not just for litigators
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From the President - Public members bring fresh views
Holding judges accountable
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
Alcohol and the workplace
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Ethics update...
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You Need to Know
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Public Comment
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Ethics Byte - Level field or a judicial practical joke?
Former DA disbarred for drunken-driving coverup
Attorney Discipline
Two-year fee bill goes to the governor
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A two-year funding bill authorizing the State Bar to collect up to $390 from most active lawyers in 2002 and 2003 was approved last month by the Assembly and was headed to the governor's desk for his signature. The bar has been lobbying hard for a multi-year funding bill in order to facilitate long-range planning.

There was no debate on the measure, SB 352, which passed by a vote of 47-22.

It earlier sailed through the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a unanimous 10-0 vote, the first unanimous vote in favor of a bar fee bill by any legislative body since 1995.

The committee also approved SB 479, a measure to create an attorney diversion and assistance program within the bar, by a 7-2 vote. All seven committee Democrats voted for the bill, SB 479, sponsored by Sen. John Burton, D-San Francisco.

The diversion bill had not been voted on by the full house at press time.

In committee, Robert Pacheco, R-Riverside, and Patricia Bates, R-Laguna Niguel, voted against the bill, which earmarks $10 of dues money for a program to assist alcoholic or drug-addicted attorneys. Pacheco expressed general support for the concept of the program but was concerned about the special fee and its potential implications for a return to the days of expanded bar programs.

The state Senate approved both the fee bill and the diversion measure in May. They are double-joined, meaning one cannot take effect without the other.