California Bar Journal
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State Bar of CaliforniaRosenthal grants go to 17 law students

Seventeen students attending California law schools learned last month they will receive the Imelda Rosenthal Memorial Scholarship, an award to help defray the cost of the California bar examination. Six students will receive the entire bar exam fee of $387 and 11 will receive 50 percent ($194) of the fee for a total of $4,456.

The scholarship is funded by Herbert Rosenthal, executive director emeritus of the State Bar, in memory of his late wife Imelda. The new recipients bring to almost 200 the number of students who have received the scholarship. Rosenthal contributes half the amount, which is matched by the Foundation of the State Bar of California.

Recipients of the full fee are: Jose Duarte, Hastings School of Law; Molly Dunn, Stanford Law School; Allison Hardin, Monterey College of Law; Alexander Their, Stanford; Olivia Wang, Boalt Hall School of Law; and Ava Yajima, Santa Clara School of Law.

Recipients of a 50 percent grant are: Chuba Abuela, Loyola Law School; Gina Amato, Boalt; Roberto Amaya, Hastings; Betty Chan, UCLA School of Law; Armand Feliciano, Hastings; Carl Fenske, Pepperdine School of Law; Teresa Green, New College School of Law; Zak Malkinson, Hastings; Cynthia Mosqueda, New College; Deanna Purnell, Monterey; and Ishmael Tarikh, Hastings.

Legal specialist exam scheduled August 26

The State Bar will administer a legal specialist exam in eight areas of practice on Aug. 26. Deadline to apply is July 13.

California attorneys can be certified in appellate; criminal; estate planning, trust and probate; family; immigration and nationality; personal and small business bankruptcy; taxation; and workers' compensation law.

The registration form is available at, by calling 415/538-2100, by faxing 415/538-2180 or by e-mailing

The exam will be administered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Westin Hotel at the San Francisco Airport or the Radisson Hotel at the Los Angeles Airport.

The registration fee is $200 or $250 for typing.

Five seats open on State Bar and CYLA boards

Petitions for candidates for the State Bar Board of Governors and the California Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors must be filed by May 25. Five seats are open on each board.

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).

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 bar's 2001 annual meeting.

Ballots will be mailed July 2, and voting will end Aug. 17.

Petitions for the board of governors may be obtained from Biljanna Sivanov, 415/538-2274, and petitions for the CYLA board are available from Martin Morales, 415/538-2316, or Rodney Low, 415/538-2219. Full details about both elections, and the nomination petitions, also are online at the bar's website,

Nominations sought for pro bono, service awards

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 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 to a team of attorneys.

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award is presented to a lawyer who shows 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 or from Kate O'Connor at 415/538-2141 or

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 barrister association.

Any active bar member who is in the first five years of practice or who is 36 or under may be nominated.

Additional information is available from Martin Morales, 415/538-2316, or Rodney Low, 415/538-2219.

Fee arbitrator training set for May 10 in Marin

A training session is scheduled May 10 for volunteers who arbitrate attorney-client fee disputes for the mandatory fee arbitration programs through the local county bars in Marin, Napa and Sonoma counties and/or the State Bar of California. Persons interested in becoming arbitrators are invited.

The session, sponsored by the State Bar's Committee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration and the Marin County Bar Association, will be held from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Novato Oaks Inn in Novato. 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 Lynn Pfeifer at the Marin County Bar Association at 415/453-8181. For more information, contact Jill Sperber at the bar's Office of Mandatory Fee Arbitration at 415/538-2023.

Panel named to nominate State Bar Court judges

The Supreme Court announced the appointment of a former associate justice to chair a seven-member committee to screen applicants to the State Bar Court.

Former Justice Joseph Grodin will head the Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee, which will make recommendations to the court concerning applicants for three bar court judicial positions with terms beginning Nov. 1.

Also named to the committee were: Court of Appeal Associate Justice Paul Haerle, who served as Gov. Ronald Reagan's appointments secretary;  John Davies, former judicial appointments secretary for Gov. Pete Wilson; Anthony Capozzi, a Fresno attorney who serves on the State Bar Board of Governors; Barbara Ravitz of Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland, Beverly Hills; Erica Yew, also a bar board member and an attorney with McManis, Faulkner & Morgan in San Jose; and Victor Revenko, formerly in technical, business and human resources leadership and executive positions at Chevron Corp.

The committee was created by the Supreme Court after three bar court judges sued to overturn legislation that changed the way bar court judges are appointed. The court upheld SB 143, rejecting arguments that it politicized the bar court, but created its own committee to recommend potential judges.

The terms of the presiding judge and two hearing judges will end Nov. 1. The new committee will distribute and make available application forms for the open positions this month.