Rosenthal grants go to 17
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
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
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
The State Bar will administer a legal specialist
exam in eight areas of practice on Aug. 26. Deadline to apply is July
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 www.californiaspecialist.org,
by calling 415/538-2100, by faxing 415/538-2180 or by e-mailing email@example.com.
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, www.calbar.org.
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 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 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
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.