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Law, academia and public service will guide Howard Miller’s presidential path
Howard Miller assumed from childhood that he would join the legal profession. “I can’t remember when I didn’t know I was going to be a lawyer,” he says. “I have no idea why.”

Same-sex marriage takes center stage again in California Supreme Court term
For the third time in five years, the California Supreme Court dealt with the issue of same-sex marriage. The most recent decision — a loss for proponents of same-sex marriage — does not end the debate. (ANALYSIS)

Public interest career driven by high ideals, imagination
After five years as a trial tax attorney, Robert Gnaizda set his legal sights on helping those for whom justice and equality are too often a distant dream, and he has never looked back.

Law Suits drive to collect clothing goes national
The “Law Suits” program, originated in Orange County in 1997 by the State Bar’s Litigation Section as a way to help people seeking self-sufficiency get back on their feet, has gone national.

Limited pro bono work gets easier with new conflict of interest rule
In recent years, volunteers and staff for the Public Law Center in Santa Ana have paid once-a-week visits to two National Guard armories open to homeless people during the winter months. After setting up folding tables and chairs in the gymnasium-like space, they walk among the beds where some 200 people sleep nightly asking if anyone needs to talk to a lawyer.

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