California Bar Journal
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA — OCTOBER 2001
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


REGULARS

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Front Page - November 2001
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News / News Briefs
Applicants sought to oversee bar's diversion program
Let's have another cup of - legal advice
Foundation leads students to capital
Six honored for professional service
Warwick, six others named to California Judicial Council
Several thousand lawyers suspended for failing to pay dues, certify MCLE
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Trials Digest
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Opinion
From the President - Remembering the fallen
The rule of law is our strongest weapon
Pro bono work is lawyers' duty
Letters to the Editor
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Law Practice - Success: The top eight requirements
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You Need to Know
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MCLE Self-Study
Planning for education expenses
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Discipline
Ethics Byte - Lawyers move on in usual way despite disaster
Former city councilman spent his son's settlement
Attorney Discipline
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Public Comment

LexisNexis

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Lawyers, like others, try to help
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By SHARON LERMAN
Staff Writer
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A single internal e-mail from a Los Angeles-based law firm raises $200,000 in relief - on its first day. Civil rights attorneys band together to aid victims of hate crime in the Bay Area and beyond. In San Francisco, law students pull together a panel of professors to educate the public and assuage their own fears.

Across the state, the legal community - like most citizens following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks - has leapt at opportunities to serve. They are doing the things any individual or business can do: donating countless funds, organizing vigils and comforting victims. They also are aiding in ways only attorneys can - offering their skills to pro bono efforts and examining the emerging issues of justice and liberty.

Peter Gilhuly: 'Now, no one's there...'At the Los Angeles headquarters of Latham & Watkins, a corporate-finance law firm which also has offices in New York and Washington, D.C., lawyers set up a charitable relief fund and e-mailed employees at its 19 locations. By the end of the day, contributions from 750 employees reached $200,000, said Peter Gilhuly, a partner and chair of the firm's pro bono committee.

"I think the whole country has an outpouring of desire to help affected people," Gilhuly said.

"This is the financial community, and that's where we practice," he continued, referring to tenants of the World Trade Center towers in New York. "We know these people well. I think the firm feels directly impacted by this . . . I mean, there are people I would call every day in those buildings and now, no one's there."

Gilhuly said no one he knew personally was killed in the attacks. But the legal community in California - and in many parts of the world - is mourning the death of environmental

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Newly sworn in State Bar President Karen Nobumoto shares a lighter moment with Chief Justice Ronald George shortly after the installation ceremony on Sept. 8 in Anaheim. The bar president and the chief justice pledged ongoing cooperation as they work together on many administration of justice issues. For the complete text of Nobumoto's speech, visit the web at http://www.calbar.org/2bar/3exd/speeches/01/1.htm. For the complete text of George's State of the Judiciary message, also delivered at the Annual Meeting, see http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/reference/soj0901.htm.

Supreme Court team to study ABA finding
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Whether the State Bar should relinquish control of attorney discipline - one of its top jobs - will be examined by a state Supreme Court committee expected to be appointed this month.

Chief Justice Ronald George will assemble the team in response to an American Bar Association recommendation that the state's highest court take over the system, which

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Presidential panel will review role of bar's conference
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State Bar President Karen Nobumoto has appointed a 10-member commission to study and evaluate the relationship between the State Bar and its Conference of Delegates.

The relationship has been a rocky one in recent years. As a result of the 1998 fee bill veto and subsequent legislation, the conference is mandated to be self-funding but still operate under the aegis of the bar. At the Annual Meeting last month, the con-

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Foundation leads students to capital

By MARLON VILLA
Staff Writer

In the State Capitol's Senate committee room, 16 high school students from throughout California engaged in a spirited give-and-take with Drew Liebert, chief counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

As he touched on topics including how laws are made, partisan politics, the power of the veto and the need for public accountability, Liebert wondered if the concept of separation of powers rang a bell with his young audience.

 
" Avanti Ghanekar, a senior at San Jose's Lynbrook High School, hopes to attend Harvard some day and eventually practice cyberlaw."

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