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Changing the color
of the California bench

The release of figures last month that show a decidedly white male judiciary in California highlighted critics’ complaints in recent years about a lack of diversity on the bench.

So you want to be a judge
If you want to become a judge, here’s how it works. Any lawyer in good standing with 10 years of practice may submit an application to the governor’s office. The 10-page application forms for the superior and appellate courts are available at his Web site, and contain 61 questions, ranging from the number of years of civil litigation or criminal practice experience, to community service, to number of languages spoken.

New approach to courthouse construction
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Bradford Andrews isn’t holding his breath, but a proposal he has long been advocating for government and the private sector to join forces in building a new Long Beach courthouse has gained two influential converts.

Dog maul lawyers out of bar
Two key players in San Francisco’s notorious fatal dog-mauling case have lost their licenses to practice. Marjorie Knoller resigned from the bar with charges pending in January and her husband, Robert Noel, was disbarred in February.

Updated Kids guide to be printed in May
The State Bar’s popular Kids & the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents will be published again this spring and distributed free throughout the state to children and their parents.

William Gailey

Public board member Rubin named
to Workforce Investment Board

Richard Rubin, a public member of the State Bar Board of Governors, was appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger last month to the California Workforce Investment Board.

New Access Council gets started
with 25 appointees

Twenty-five people, including lawyers, judges, academics and career services professionals, have been appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors to the new Council on Access and Fairness.

2006-07 Exhibitor Directory
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