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


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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
Six new governors join bar board
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Five new members of the State Bar Board of Gover-nors took their seats early this month, beginning three-year terms. Three were unopposed, and two were victorious in contested elections.

Taking a one-year seat on the board was San Diego attorney Paul W. Smigliani, who will represent the California Young Lawyers Associa-tion.

The new members of the board are:

Scott H. McNutt and James Herman District 4 (San Francisco and Marin counties): Scott H. McNutt, an insolvency attorney with Severson & Werson in San Francisco. McNutt, who ran unopposed, is co-chair of the bar’s business law section.

District 6 (Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties): James Herman, former president of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, defeated Brian Brandt, president of the San Bernardino County Bar Association, by 227 votes. A trial lawyer who concentrates on complex business disputes and commercial litigation, Herman is a partner in Rogers, Sheffield & Herman in Santa Barbara.

Patrick R. Dixon, Maria Villa, Robert Scott Wylie and Paul Smigliani District 7, Office 1 (Los Angeles): Patrick R. Dixon, assistant head of the Los Angeles district attorney’s major crimes division, defeated sole practitioner Joseph Federowsky by more than 2,000 votes. Dixon is special counsel to the bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners.

District 7, Office 2 (Los Angeles): Maria Villa, a business litigator who practices with her husband, will take the second seat representing Los Angeles. Villa, who was unopposed, has a long record of involvement with a variety of bar activities, including the presidency of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles.

District 8 (Orange County): Robert Scott Wylie, executive director of the Orange County Public Law Center, also was unopposed. He currently serves as chair of the bar’s legal services section.

CYLA representative Paul Smigliani practices with Ault, Davis & Schon-feld in San Diego. He was admitted to the bar in 1994.