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Annual Meeting set for Oct. 5-8 in Monterey

Martin Luther King III, author Isabel Allende and National Public Radio correspondent Susan Stamberg will headline the State Bar Annual Meeting this year, scheduled for Oct. 5-8 in Monterey. A new State Bar president and new members of the board of governors will be sworn in at the convention, which offers a low-cost opportunity for California attorneys to earn up to 20 MCLE credits in one weekend. Members whose last names start with A-G must complete 25 hours of MCLE by Feb. 1.

The meeting also will feature an exhibit hall, a series of receptions honoring outstanding attorneys, a fun run/power walk and an art show. The California Women Lawyers will hold its annual dinner and the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations will convene.

Stamberg, the award-winning veteran of NPR’s All Things Considered, will deliver the key-note address at the women lawyers dinner, which this year will honor the late Tanya Neiman, a community lawyering champion, and Mark Hanis, president of Genocide Intervention Network.

Allende, author of The House of the Spirits and Of Love and Shadows and the founder of the Isabel Allende Foundation, will address one of the bar luncheons, and King, a human rights advocate and community activist, will speak to another. Associate Justice William Bedworth of the Fourth District Court of Appeal will speak at a breakfast co-sponsored by the Business Law Section.

Los Angeles lawyer Sheldon Sloan will be sworn in as the new State Bar president and six other lawyers, including a young lawyers representative, will take their seats on the board of governors.

Chief Justice Ronald M. George will deliver his State of the Judiciary address as well.

Online registration for the meeting is available at Hotel reservations also may be made online. Complete information is available by linking to the Annual Meeting site from the left-hand menu of the bar’s home page,

VIP schedules conference

VIP Mentors (formerly known as Volunteers in Parole) will hold a free statewide conference Sept. 16 for past, current and prospective mentors to address the multiple challenges of mentoring highly at-risk young adults. The conference will be held at McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento and offers four hours of MCLE credit, including an hour of substance abuse credit.

Presentations by experts and experienced mentors will cover topics including enhancing communication with clients, understanding gangs, substance abuse and difficult issues in mentoring.

For a registration fee or more information, visit the VIP Web site, or e-mail

VIP has 14 mentoring programs throughout the state, including the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Stockton and Fresno. The program connects attorney volunteers with young people recently paroled from the California Youth Authority as well as adult parolees from state prison.

Bar foundation board seeks new members

The Foundation of the State Bar of California is seeking applications for several positions on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1. Applicants should be attorneys, judges and members of the public who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to the foundation’s charitable mission, who have previous board, public or community service, and/or who are knowledgeable about charitable fundraising.

The foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization affiliated with the State Bar of California, dedicated to building a better justice system for all Californians. Through voluntary donations of California’s lawyers and contributions from corporate sponsors, the foundation distributes grants to nonprofit organizations, courts and bar associations for law-related projects; awards scholarships to law school students committed to public service; runs a legal literacy program for high school students; and supports an array of other educational programs.

The board of directors consists of a maximum of 25 members appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors and three ex officio members.

Members serve two-year terms and are expected to attend approximately five board meetings per year and actively participate in three board committees. Meetings rotate between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and most committee meetings are conducted by conference call. Board membership may also require attendance at the bar’s Annual Meeting, meetings of the State Bar Board of Governors, and other Foundation-related events. All board members are expected to participate in fundraising and annually make a personally significant financial contribution to the foundation.

The application deadline is Aug. 25. To apply, submit a resume and a statement of interest and qualifications via mail, fax or e-mail to: Leslie Hatamiya, Executive Director, Foundation of the State Bar of California, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105; fax: 415-856-0788; The bar board of governors is expected to make the appointments at its November 2006 meeting.

Calling all artists

All members of the California bench and bar who draw, sculpt, or work in ceramics or photography are invited to participate in the 54th Annual Meeting Bench and Bar Art Exhibit. The artwork will be displayed in the Steinbeck Lobby of the Monterey Conference Center, Oct. 5 - 8.

Awards will be given in the following categories — oils and acrylics, portraits and figures, watercolors, prints, drawings, mixed media, ceramics, sculpture and photography.

Art show rules and entry blanks can be downloaded from the Annual Meeting pages of the State Bar's Web site, or obtained by calling Cheryl Morgan at 415-538-2210. All entries must be submitted by Sept. 1.

Tell the bar if you move

Nearly a quarter of the State Bar’s membership — some 45,000 lawyers — changes their address every year. And although the Business & Professions Code requires attorneys to notify the bar about that address change, it often doesn’t happen.

Under B&P §6002.1, active and inactive members have 30 days to notify the State Bar about a change of address. Some law firms now ask departing employees to fill out the State Bar’s change of address form.

Complete information about changing an address can be found on the bar’s Web site. Go to Attorney Address Change in the right-hand menu. The change can be made online, by mail or by fax, and if done by mail or fax, must include a photocopy of one piece of identification, such as a driver’s license, State Bar membership card, passport, California identification card, military identification card or birth certificate.

A particularly difficult problem is keeping track of members who have died. There is no requirement that a family or business notify the State Bar of an attorney’s death, but the Member Services Center asks that the bar be notified if you are aware that a lawyer has died.

The Member Services Center can be contacted at 1-888-800-3400.

Opt out of list sales

Attorneys who wish to remove their names from lists the State Bar provides to qualified outside entities may do so by logging on to Member Login at After registering with My State Bar Profile, go to “Account Information” and select “Update my mailing preferences (opt out).” Members also may e-mail their opt out request to Include your bar number.

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