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

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - May 1999
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News
Lending compassion to a difficult situation
Legal specialist exam set Aug. 29
Board to meet June 25-26
Domestic violence group seeking volunteers
Northern California legal services board to fill five vacancies
Court statistics report now available on CD
For Y2K advice, link through bar's web site
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
Hear the cries this time
A single letter, a big increase
Train time at the ABA
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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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Legal Tech - Litigation library great for attorneys out of office
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New Products & Services
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MCLE Self-Study
The Disabled Practitioner
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - What to do when a client goes missing
Attorney charged with exposing clients to deportation
Attorney Discipline
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Public Comment
For Y2K advice, link through bar's web site
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Worried about Y2K? Do you know if your hardware and software are Y2K compliant? Perhaps your modem is but your scanner isn't.

Attorneys seeking answers to these and similar questions may log on to the State Bar's web site and link to a "Y2K Resource Handbook and Planning Guide for Lawyers."

A joint project of the Florida State Bar and the University of Florida School of Law Institute of Technology, the guide offers a variety of information about year 2000 compliance status of hardware and software commonly used in law offices.

"We were faced with a problem: Y2K compliance is a major issue for many practitioners, but because of Gov. Wilson's veto of our funding, we didn't have the resources to develop a product to meet that need," said Robert Hawley, chief assistant general counsel. "The answer was to seek out a usable wheel somewhere else, rather than reinvent one."

The resource handbook is designed to walk lawyers through their computer system so they can see what needs to be done.

First is a step-by-step trip through the system to determine which hardware and software lawyers have. Then, if there's a Y2K question, the handbook tells how to contact the manufacturer or software designer to get their advice.

The handbook covers education and awareness about the Y2K problem, inventorying a system for compliance, testing for compliance, protecting the law firm and protecting clients. The internet site also has links with manufacturers and programs for the latest information on Y2K compliance and advice for their products.

The California bar's web site is www.calbar.org.