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Martha Escutia Joseph Dunn

Attorneys are termed out in Sacramento
Already at an all-time low, the number of lawyers in the California Legislature appears to be headed towards new depths following next November’s election.

Carl Poirot

No politics in this winner’s pro bono work
Legal services attorneys make a mistake, observes Carl Poirot, when their wariness of the private sector makes them hesitant to enlist pro bono help from corporate law firms.

State Supreme Court wraps up a busy year of
significant rulings

The California Supreme Court’s 2004-05 term was unusual in the subject matter breadth and the number of significant rulings. Among other topics, the rulings touched on voter initiatives, workplace sexual harassment, the rights of domestic partners, arbitration and the right to a jury, punitive damages and separation of powers.

James Heiting was sworn in as the State Bar's 81st president last month by Chief
Justice Ronald George

James Heiting was sworn in as the State Bar's 81st president last month by Chief Justice Ronald George, who received the Bernard Witkin Medal, presented to "legal giants" who make significant contributions to the quality of justice in the state. Heiting's remarks can be found on the State Bar's Web site.

Schwarzenegger signs bar’s two-year fee bill
Gov. Schwarzenegger signed the State Bar’s fee bill into law last month, extending for two years the bar’s authority to charge annual mandatory membership dues for the state’s attorneys.

Helping victims of Hurricane Katrina
The American Bar Association has undertaken a nationwide recruiting effort to mobilize a cadre of lawyers who will perform pro bono legal services for individuals and small businesses affected by the hurricane.

Apply for a bar committee
The application for a 2006-07 appointment to a State Bar committee is available at the bar’s Web site.

Morrison & Foerster

Legal heroes win
pro bono honors

A coalition of lawyers from northern and southern California spent thousands of hours on winning a statewide class action lawsuit that protects schoolchildren’s fundamental right to equal educational opportunity.

2005 Exhibitor Directory
The businesses and services listed here support the State Bar through various means, most notably as exhibitors at the State Bar's Annual Meeting. Visit them online or via phone to serve your individual needs.

Diversity advocates receive bar honors
Guy Rounsaville Jr., executive vice president and general counsel with Visa International in Foster City, and the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association received the State Bar’s 4th Annual Diversity Awards last month.

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