OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA
O.J. Simpson leaves the Santa Monica
courthouse after being found liable for
battering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson, and
slaying her friend, Ron Goldman.
AP/WIDE WORLD PHOTO
The notion of seeking civil relief from criminal actions has gained popularity in the past five years, and the O.J. Simpson case is expected to boost the tactic further. In the two and a half years after Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed, the number of wrongful death cases reaching the appellate courts has increased nationwide by two-thirds, says Thomas Nelson, an attorney with the National Victim Center in Arlington, Va. Continued ...
Mandatory malpractice insurance back on agenda
About 10 years ago, bar leaders toyed with the idea of mandatory professional liability insurance for the state's attorneys, but the issue lost its steam and was relegated to a back burner.
However, the Board of Governors has moved it up front again, making a decision to revisit the subject on March 21 despite a committee's recommendation to drop the whole matter.
At least one board member plans to recommend that the bar undertake an extensive study of malpractice coverage, maintaining that data from a 10-year-old bar survey needs to be updated. Continued ...