Selected cases in the area of professional
responsibility are covered.
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.
Five year extension of statutory program permitting out-of-state attorneys to represent
clients in California arbitration proceedings.