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Board of Governors race gets underway

Ballots will be mailed April 30 to practitioners in four State Bar districts to choose their representatives on the State Bar Board of Governors. The election this year will fill five seats in the following districts: District 4 (Marin and San Francisco counties); District 6 (Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties); District 7 (Los Angeles County, offices 1 and 2); and District 8 (Orange County).

Any active member of the State Bar who maintains his or her principal office for the practice of law in the district in which there is a vacancy is eligible to vote. The last day to vote will be July 1. Terms are for three years and begin at the close of the bar's Annual Meeting on Oct. 13.

For further information, or to obtain a petition, contact Billie Sivanov, 415/538-2274, or Francisco Gomez, 415/538-2170.

Judicial Council conducts civil procedure survey

The California Judicial Council and California Law Revision Commission are conducting a joint study on civil procedure in unified courts. Many procedural differences between limited (municipal court) civil cases and unlimited (superior court) civil cases were retained following trial court unification. The study is examining whether these differences should continue, whether some simplified procedures should be applied to all cases or certain kinds of cases (and if so, which ones), and whether the current jurisdictional limits are still appropriate.

Practicing attorneys are invited to provide input on these issues by completing an online questionnaire. Anyone who prefers to complete a printed survey should submit it to David Price, Policy Studies Inc., 999 18th St., Suite 1000, Denver, CO 80202. Responses are due April 30.

The survey can be found at

CYLA schedules election of its board of directors

Ballots will be mailed April 30 for election to the 17-member board of directors of the California Young Lawyers Association.

Five seats are open in these districts: District 4 (Marin and San Francisco counties), District 6, (Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), District 7 (Los Angeles, offices 1 and 2), and District 8 (Orange County).

Any member of the State Bar in his or her first five years of active bar membership or who is age 36 or under, in good standing on April 22, 2002, and whose principal place of business is located within a county that is included within the district in which there is an election, shall be eligible to vote in the election.

Terms of office are for three years, and the new board members will take their seats at the conclusion of the bar's Annual Meeting in Monterey in October.

Fee arbitration training set for May 2 in Ventura

Recent developments in fee arbitration will be discussed at a training program in Ventura sponsored by the State Bar's Commit-tee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration. The free training offers 2.3 hours of MCLE credit, including one hour of legal ethics.

The training is scheduled for May 2, from noon - 2:30 p.m., in the offices of the Ventura County Bar Association, 4475 Market St, Ventura. It is for arbitrators for the county bar as well as State Bar fee arbitrators.

Among the topics for discussion are how to write an enforceable award, conflicts of interest, disclosure requirements and how to control the proceeding.

To register, call the Ventura County Bar Association at 805/650-7599. For more information, call Jill Sperber, director of the State Bar Office of Mandatory Fee Arbitration, at 415/538-2023.

ABA seeks nominations for two awards

The American Bar Association is seeking nominations for two awards honoring outstanding practitioners in the areas of juvenile justice and government law.

The 17th annual Livingston Hall Juvenile Justice Award honors lawyers practicing in the juvenile justice field who display the highest degree of skill and dedication in representing their young clients.

Nominations must be made on the official form available from the ABA Juvenile Justice Center and must be submitted by April 12. For a copy of the form or to receive further information, contact Amanda Petteruti at 740 15th St., N.W., 19th Floor, Washington, D.C., or by e-mail to

The ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law also is seeking nominees for the Fifth Annual Jefferson Fordham Awards, which honor lawyers and law firms that have achieved professional excellence in the area of state and local government law.

The awards are presented in four categories: Law Office Accomplishment, Lifetime Achievement, Advocacy and Up and Comers.

Guidelines for submission of nominations are available from Jackie Baker at; 312/988-5652; or at The deadline for nominations is April 15.

State Bar committee offers two free MCLE seminars

In the interest of educating lawyers about ways to avoid malpractice claims, the State Bar's Committee on Professional Liability Insurance will provide two free MCLE seminars in April.

"Risk Management Audits for Solo and Small Practitioners" will be conducted by Anthony Davis, a nationally known speaker on risk management. The six-hour course will be held at the Hyatt Regency Los Angeles on April 29 and in San Diego at the Westin Horton Plaza April 30.

Pre-registration is required to guarantee seating. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m., and the course lasts from noon until 6:30 p.m.

The seminars are open to all attorneys at no cost. Those wishing to attend should register in advance at call 415/538-2201 for more information. Participants will receive six hours of MCLE credit in ethics.

Fee agreement seminar scheduled in Century City

The Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Century City Bar Association will present a one-hour seminar on attorney fee agreements April 10 at noon. The workshop, entitled "Will Your Fee Agreements Survive the Supreme Court?" will offer an insider's perspective on fee agreement issues pending before the California Supreme Court.

Participants will earn one hour of MCLE credit.

The registration fee for members of the Century City bar is $35 pre-paid and $40 at the door; for non-members, it's $50 pre-paid, $55 at door.

For information, call Mary Jones at 310/589-9648 or e-mail

"A Week in Legal London" scheduled for June 23-28

The State Bar's Litigation Section is sponsoring "A Week in Legal London" from June 23-28. The London program offers an extraordinary opportunity to experience the inner workings of the English legal system, expand litigation skills and engage in thought-provoking discussion with members of the London legal community.

Participants will attend sessions at the Royal Courts of Justice, the Old Bailey, the High Court of Justice and the Courts of Appeal. MCLE credit will be offered.

For additional information, contact the Litigation Section at 415/538-2546.

MCLE compliance group 2 faces Feb. 1 deadline

Members of MCLE compliance group 2 (last names H-M) who are not part of an exempt group must complete 25 hours of continuing legal education by the compliance deadline of Feb. 1, 2003.

Attorneys who comply after that date may be subject to a $75 fine.