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

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - November 2001
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News / News Briefs
Applicants sought to oversee bar's diversion program
Let's have another cup of - legal advice
Foundation leads students to capital
Six honored for professional service
Warwick, six others named to California Judicial Council
Several thousand lawyers suspended for failing to pay dues, certify MCLE
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
From the President - Remembering the fallen
The rule of law is our strongest weapon
Pro bono work is lawyers' duty
Letters to the Editor
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Law Practice - Success: The top eight requirements
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You Need to Know
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MCLE Self-Study
Planning for education expenses
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Lawyers move on in usual way despite disaster
Former city councilman spent his son's settlement
Attorney Discipline
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Public Comment

PUBLIC COMMENT

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MDP report

The multidisciplinary practice (MDP) report (available at www.calbar.org) discusses the feasibility and ethical implications of permitting lawyers to join with non-law professionals in a practice where both legal and non-legal professional services are offered to the public. This practice is now prohibited by the California Rules of Professional Conduct that preclude fee-sharing and partnerships with non-lawyers.

SOURCE: State Bar Board of Governors Committee on Regulation and Discipline
DEADLINE: Oct. 30
CONTACT: Audrey Hollins, Administrative Assistant, State Bar Office of Professional Competence, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105-1639; 415/538-2167

Bar exam deadlines

The proposed amendments to Section 5, Rule VI, of the Rules Regulating Admission to Practice Law in California, would shorten the final deadline for filing applications to take the First-Year Law Students' Examination. Under the current rule, applicants can elect to file up until two weeks prior to the examination as long as they pay a late fee. The proposed amendments would establish the final deadline as the first business day of June for the June examination and the first business day September for the October administration.

SOURCE: State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners
DEADLINE: Oct. 31
CONTACT: Gayle Murphy, State Bar Office of Admissions, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105-1639; 415/538-2322

Suspension for failure to pay child support

Proposed modification of the Rules and Regulations of the State Bar as they relate to the suspension of members for failure to pay child and family support would authorize the secretary of the State Bar, rather than the board of governors, to make the annual recommendation for suspension to the Supreme Court.

SOURCE: Charlotte Blackford
DEADLINE: Nov. 15
CONTACT: Charlotte Blackford, Office of Membership Records, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105-1639; 415/538-2237