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
Only two appointed members remaining on State Bar board
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Jo Ellen Allen, a public appointee to the State Bar board of governors, resigned last month. Her departure leaves only two public members - businessman John Morris and psychologist Dorothy Tucker, both of Los Angeles - on the board, and four vacancies.

Jo Ellen AllenTucker's term has expired, but she can continue to serve until she is reappointed or replaced, and Morris has said he does not want to be reappointed when his term expires in October. Tucker was appointed to her last term by then Senate Pro Tem Bill Lockyer, D-Hayward. Morris was appointed twice by former Gov. Pete Wilson.

Allen, public affairs director of the Southern California Edison Co., was one of four appointees of Wilson.

Two years ago, the Wilson appointees worked closely as a bloc, along with another Republican-appointed public member, Gregory Segall, that was highly critical of the way the bar operated. With three members of that bloc no longer on the board, Allen said she felt her views do not carry as much weight as they once did. She has not attended a meeting since September.

"I've never had the time to spend that I think needs to be spent," Allen explained. "With the change of administration in Sacramento and knowing that I'd be a lone voice in the wilderness, it seemed appropriate to let the new governor put someone in there."

Dorothy TuckerAllen said she felt Wilson's veto of the bar's dues bill in 1997 presented "a real opportunity for the board to reassess its objectives and priorities and the way it interacted with its members and the public. I think that was a good thing, but now I think it will largely be business as usual."

Allen was first appointed to the board by Wilson in 1994 and was reappointed to a three-year term in 1996. She served on the communications, legal services and admissions committees as well as on an ADR task force.

morris.jpg (2491 bytes)Allen has both a Ph.D. and a master's degree in political science from the University of Southern California.

The three other vacant public member positions were held by Segall, of Los Angeles, whose term expired in October 1998 and Wilson appointees Wendy Borcherdt, also of Los Angeles, who had been reappointed by Wilson but lost her seat last September when the legislature failed to confirm the appointment within one year; and Peter Kaye of San Diego, whose term ended in October 1997.