California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA - APRIL 1999
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - April 1999
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News
Legal specialist exam set Aug. 19
Sullivan to take reins at Stanford Law School
Only two appointed members remaining on State Bar board
Legal services board has five vacancies
Davis taps Michael Kahn
State Bar honors Justice Mosk with Witkin Medal
Board tentatively approves budget based on dues of $384
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Opinion
If it distracts, so be it
Let's cut back on jury service
Limit bar to admissions and discipline
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From the President - Door to justice must be open
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Letters to the Editor
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Law Practice - Preparing for a successful mediation
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Appointments - Apply to serve on a bar committee
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Legal Tech - DSL speeds up Internet - at a reasonable price
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New Products & Services
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MCLE Self-Study
Taxes and long-term care
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Trials Digest
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Fiduciary duties basis for all rules
Attorney nabbed at State Bar offices for soliciting murders
Attorney Discipline
Ethics for the 21st Century - A canon for the future
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Public Comment

NEW PRODUCTS & SERVICES

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Shepard's Citations Service available online

Lexis-Nexis has announced that Shepard's Citations Service will be available to online users beginning July 2. The enhanced service will combine Shepard's citations and the full Lexis-Nexis services to offer one comprehensive, easy-to-use, integrated research system that saves time through tailored results and precise case finding and filtering tools, a company spokesman said.

Shepard's employs 220 citations experts who read and analyze new decisions, which are updated daily. Reed Elseveir Inc., the parent company of Lexis-Nexis, purchased Shepard's and Matthew Bender a year ago.

Information is available at 1-800/543-6862 or visit www.lexis-nexis.com.

Enhanced time entry improves ProLaw feature

ProLaw Software has announced an upgrade to its timekeeping system. With improved timers, ProLaw users can track their time as they actually use it. A lawyer writing a letter for one client can get a phone call from another client and click on the second client's matter. This will pause the timer for the first client and start a new time for the second client.

Starting and stopping a task is simply a mouse click, and the availability of unlimited timers means that attorneys can juggle their time the same way they juggle their schedules.

The upgraded timers also allow firms to track time for task-based billing.

ProLaw is a matter management system that integrates Front Office case and document management with Back Office billing and accounting into One Office.

For more information, call 1-800/9-PROLAW, e-mail info@prolaw.com or visit the www.prolaw.com web site.

New newsletter gives lawyers marketing advice

The Lawyers Competitive Edge: The Journal of Law Office Economics and Management is a new West Group newsletter designed as a marketing and management primer for managing partners and marketing directors.

It provides a wealth of useful and practical management information to help law firms stay ahead of the competition.

Competitive Edge features up-to-date articles with fresh ideas from leading attorneys and management consultants, administrators, marketing and human resource directors and other prominent professionals.

Articles offer strategies for competitive advantages, leadership, marketing, general office management, office technology, financial management and human resource management. A new edition comes out each month and the annual subscription price is $195. A binder is provided for convenient storage.

For more information or to place an order, call 1-800/221-9428.

New version of fee manager software

PeerPoint Technologies Inc. announced the release of The Law Firm version of its popular task-based billing and cost data analysis software, Professional Fee Manager.

The Law Firm PFM enables law firms to audit bills before they are sent to clients and eliminate third-party audits. It also produces data from billings the law firm may use to evaluate productivity by its clients, law firm departments and individual fee earners.

Since its introduction in 1995, PFM has been installed in numerous corporate legal departments, including AT&T, MetLife and Toyota in the last 12 months. Many corporations require that their outside counsel implement PFM for billing.

The 32-bit, Windows-based software incorporates the UTBMS system. The product is ODBC compliant, written in Visual Basic, and supports Structured Query Language. It has been successfully installed on stand-alone PCs, local area networks and wide area networks.

PeerPoint can be reached at 1-800/475-7899 or by e-mail at marcs@peerpoint.com.

IndexMaster web site named one of the best

The IndexMaster Inc. web site, www.indexmaster.com, has been named one of 1999's top 50 legal research web sites in Law Office Computing magazine, and has received a Five-Star Site rating from the American Lawyer Media Internet newsletter, legal.online.

IndexMaster is the only online database that allows legal professionals to quickly and easily view the actual index and table of contents of analytical legal titles, such as treatises and hornbooks.

Among the legal publishers now available on IndexMaster are West Group, Lexis Law Publishing, BNA's Tax Management Inc., Kluwer Law International and Aspen Law & Business.

Subscription prices for the web site are determined by the size of the law firm and range from $125 to $595 per year for unlimited use.

For a limited time, users can test the site's features through a free 10-day trial subscription. For further information or a demonstration, visit www.indexmaster.com or call 1-800/829-1836.

Matthew Bender releases treatise on New York law

Matthew Bender & Co. has released New York Employment Law, 2nd Edition, a four-volume treatise which covers the entire range of private sector employment law in New York. The author is Jonathan L. Sulds, a labor and employment partner in the New York office of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP.

The work covers contractual relationships, employment relationships, discrimination and statutory regulation. It will be updated annually.

For information, call 1-800/223-1940 or visit www.bender.com.