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Election to fill bar board seat ends Feb. 22

Feb. 22 is the last day to vote in a special election to fill a vacancy on the State Bar Board of Governors in District 3, which includes Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The candidates are: Carl A. Lindstrom Jr., a San Jose sole practitioner; Tamara K. Lopez, Santa Clara deputy county counsel; Tahir J. Naim, an attorney in the Palo Alto offices of Cooley Godward; and Demetrius D. Shelton, an Oakland deputy city attorney. They are vying to replace Erica Yew, who was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

Any active member of the State Bar in good standing whose business address is in District 3 is eligible to vote. Election information is available on the State Bar's web site, For additional information, call Biljanna Sivanov at 415/538-2274.

Three positions are open on rural legal assistance board

The State Bar of California is seeking applications from attorneys interested in serving on the board of directors of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA). Three two-year positions are  open. Deadline for receipt of applications is March 8.

CRLA's 45-member board meets four times a year to make policy decisions governing the program's operations.

Interested attorneys should apply by letter, listing the reasons they should be appointed. A resume outlining work experience, community activity and educational background must be included. The materials should be sent to Chris Zupanovich, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105; or Questions may be directed to 415/538- 2534.

Dues were due Feb. 1

California lawyers who missed the Feb. 1 deadline to pay their bar dues have until March 15 to pay or be subject to a 10 percent penalty. After May 15, an additional 15 percent penalty is assessed.

Dues for most active attorneys for 2002 are $390 and for inactive attorneys are $50. Fee scaling also is available for those who earn less than $40,000 a year from the practice of law. Those earning under $25,000 may receive a 50 percent reduction in their dues and those earning less than $40,000 may have the amount reduced by 25 percent.

The fee statement also is available online this year. Members needing a duplicate bill may print out their personalized statement at Questions about the bill may be directed to membership services at 415/538-2360.

Midyear meeting focuses on access and fairness

California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer will be the keynote speakers at next month's State Bar Midyear Meeting, which will focus on improving access and fairness in the legal profession and within bar leadership. Entitled "Charting a Statewide Agenda: Diversity, Leadership & Strategies for Success," the meeting offers up to eight hours of MCLE credit.

The weekend meeting will be held March 15-17 at the Renaissance Hotel in Sonoma. A list of complete course offerings and registration information is available at, by calling the Office of Legal Services at 415/538-2143, or by e-mail to

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 next month.

"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 San Jose on March 5 and at the Oakland Marriott March 6. 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 or call 415/538-2201 for more information. Participants will receive six hours of MCLE credit in ethics.

Fee arb training scheduled in Santa Rosa March 7

Recent developments in fee arbitration will be discussed at a training program in Santa Rosa sponsored by the State Bar's Commit-tee on Mandatory Fee Arbitration. The free training offers 2.75 hours of MCLE credit, including one hour of legal ethics.

The training is scheduled for March 7, from 3 - 6 p.m., in the offices of the Sonoma County Bar Association, 37 Old Courthouse Square, Suite 100, Santa Rosa. It is for arbirators for the Sonoma 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 Sonoma County Bar Association at 707/542-1190, or e-mail an RSVP to, indicating whether you are a current arbitrator. For more information, call Jill Sperber, director of the State Bar Office of Mandatory Fee Arbitration, at 415/538-2023.

Applicants sought for Judicial Council, ABA House

The State Bar is seeking applicants for two positions on the Judicial Council and for six appointments to the ABA House of Delegates.

The Judicial Council appointments begin Sept. 15, 2002, and expire Sept. 14, 2005. Meetings are held six to seven times a year; the annual time commitment is about 300 hours. Members are reimbursed for travel. In making the appointments, the bar board of governors will consider the applicants' leadership skills and ability to effectively represent the lawyer perspective on the council.

The ABA delegates each serve a two-year term, from Aug. 14, 2002, to Aug. 11, 2004. They are expected to attend two meetings a year as well as participate in conference calls. They are required to pay their own travel expenses. The board will consider each applicant's participation in ABA activities, working knowledge of the House of Delegates and understanding of current issues.

Deadline for applications for both groups is Feb. 22.

Applications must be submitted to the State Bar's Appointments Office, 180 Howard St., San Francisco 94105-1639, or by fax, 415/538-2255. Further information is available by calling 415/538-2299.

'So You Want to Be a Judge' seminar scheduled

Burt Pines, judicial appointments secretary to Gov. Gray Davis, and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Brenda Harbin-Forte will conduct a "So You Want to Be a Judge" seminar for California Women Lawyers this month.

The session will address judicial selection and elevation at the state and federal levels as well as the election process.

The morning workshop begins at 8 a.m. Feb. 23 at the Radisson Hotel in Sacramento. To register, contact Glenda Haggenmakker at 916/646-3114 or

'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.