California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 2001
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - November 2001
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News / News Briefs
Two new judges named to bar court; Stovitz to preside
New protections for consumers
Court approves disclosure of some private disciplines
Board member Erica Yew named to Santa Clara bench
40 receive Foundation scholarships
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
From the President - Intentional UPL should be a felony
International law in a post-Sept. 11 world
Lawyers' response: First, do no harm
Delicate balance between liberty and security
Con artists single out immigrants
Letters to the Editor
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MCLE Self-Study
Restructuring a bankrupt global company
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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You Need to Know
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Public Comment
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - New decision may subject lawyers to suits
Trust fund scam leads to summary disbarment
Attorney Discipline
Two new judges named to bar court; Stovitz to preside
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Ronald Stovitz, who has served as a review judge of the State Bar Court since it was created in 1989, was named presiding judge of the bench which oversees attorney discipline.

Stovitz, 59, who currently is serving his third term as a review judge, began a five-year term as the presiding judge Nov. 1, replacing James Obrien, who retired. The appointment was made by the Supreme Court.

The court also appointed two new hearing judges: Patrice E. McElroy was named to a five-year term in San Francisco and Stanford E. Reichert was named to a three-year term in Los Angeles.

The State Bar Court is made up of five hearing judges and three review judges who handle disciplinary proceedings against California attorneys.

Under legislation signed into law last year, the Supreme Court, which formerly appointed all bar court judges, now names five. Elected officials appoint three.

McElroy, 48, is a sole practitioner in San Francisco. A former public defender and staff attorney for the National Center for Youth Law, she now practices juvenile law, specializing in dependency and delinquency proceedings. She replaced Eugene E. Brott.

Reichert, 49, who replaced Michael Marcus, is a research attorney for the San Bernardino Superior Court. He previously worked as a litigator in both small civil firms and as a sole practitioner, and he has been a mediator and a judge pro tem.