California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 2000
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Ethics update...
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Selected cases in the area of professional responsibility are covered.

Ethics opinions

Alameda County Bar Association Ethics and Civility Committee Ethics Opinion 2000-1 (Informal Opinion No. 1)
In its first published ethics opinion, the Alameda County Bar Association ethics and civility committee concluded that, in appropriate circumstances, it is ethically permissible for bankruptcy court judges and their law clerks to receive complimentary admission to Alameda County Bar Association bankruptcy bar luncheon meetings that offer MCLE credit. The committee opined that the provision of complementary meals and MCLE credit does not violate ethical rules and judicial canons prohibiting improper gifts.

Rules & Statutes

B&P Code 6450 et seq.
Establishes definition and criteria for use of the title or job description of  “paralegal.”  Paralegals are required to work directly for an attorney and must meet additional requirements such as continuing legal education. 

B&P Code 6157.5
Requires advertisements for attorneys who provide immigration or naturalization services to include a statement that the attorney is an active member of the State Bar, licensed to practice in this state.

CCP 1282.4
Five year extension of statutory program permitting out-of-state attorneys to represent clients in California arbitration proceedings.