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
State Bar honors Justice Mosk with Witkin Medal
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California Supreme Court Justice Stanley Mosk was awarded the State Bar's Bernard E. Witkin Medal last month for his contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in California.

Justice Stanley MoskMosk, 86, was honored as a distinguished lawyer, renowned author and outstanding jurist.

The Witkin medal was established in 1993 to acknowledge legal giants in California who have altered the state's landscape of jurisprudence. Mosk was the seventh recipient.

Mosk graduated from the University of Chicago and received his law degree from UCLA. Early in his career, he served four years as legal advisor to the governor, before spending 16 years as a Los Angeles superior court judge.

He was elected attorney general in 1958, and during his term issued about 2,000 written opinions, argued before the U.S. and California supreme courts, and authored some of California's most innovative legislative proposals in the area of crime and law enforcement.

The Congressional Record identified Mosk as "one of the finest constitutional lawyers in the United States." He was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown in 1964 and was confirmed for a new 12-year term in 1986.

The Witkin Award reads: "Unfailing in courtesy, kindness and collegiality, Justice Mosk's modest demeanor belies the magnitude of his contributions to the development of California law."