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

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - October 1999
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News
Johnson confirmed for second term as bar's top prosecutor
Courts serve up mixed rulings on State Bar
Ethics association elects Karpman president
Six new governors join bar board
New group targets health care fraud
Public law section creates online library of public law links
JoAnne Spears honored
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
Slaying an imaginary dragon
The perfect ending: Results
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From the President - This bar year ends on a high note
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Letters to the Editor
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Public Comment
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Legal Tech - Tips for network administrators
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New Products & Services
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1999 Honors
State Bar cites pro bono service
Young lawyers salute San Diego sole practitioner for outstanding service
State Bar hails 'lawyer's lawyer'
Aided by attorney, parolee cited, hired
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MCLE Self-Study
The Rigors of Fee Agreements
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Before you sue for fees, think again
Woman who impersonated husband ordered reinstated
Attorney Discipline

1999 HONORS

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Aided by attorney, parolee cited, hired
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A young parolee who was mentored by a volunteer attorney for Volunteers in Parole Inc. (VIP) was honored last month for outstanding achievement by the California Youth Authority.

Stephen Bell (l) and Armando LopezArmando Lopez, paroled to East Los Angeles in 1997, immediately requested a VIP mentor and was matched with Pasadena attorney Stephen Bell.

Lopez attended college, worked as an assistant health educator with clients in six parole offices, juvenile hall and continuation schools, and volunteered at the Los Angeles Free Clinic and Legal Aid. He is the new program director for VIP's San Fernando Valley office.

VIP is the only organization in California that recruits, matches and supports attorneys to mentor parolees from the CYA and the Department of Corrections. More than 75 percent of parolees in the program complete parole, compared to between 25 and 50 percent of unmentored young parolees.

The award was granted under legislation authored by Sen. Adam Schiff enabling CYA to recognize outstanding achievements by current or former juvenile court wards.