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A heavy caseload of addiction
A little more than two years after a State Bar program to help alcoholic or drug-addicted lawyers was launched, 42 percent of the disciplinary court’s active caseload now involves attorneys with chemical dependency or mental health issues.

A ruined life gets back on track
Two years ago, Millbrae attorney Jeff Greenwald didn’t even know his license to practice law was suspended. Cases had slipped out of his control, he was evicted from his office and he “felt like a freight train heading into a wall.”

Becky Collins/Alana Mathews-Davis

Lawyers help ex-cons build a better life
Trino Savala is an intimidating guy. Heavily tattooed, a former dope fiend and violent prison gang member, he spent 12 years behind bars, selling drugs and cultivating a reputation as an all-around bad dude. Today, Savala is a certified drug and alcohol counselor and gang intervention speaker who addresses audiences behind bars and in college classrooms.

Mary Cranston

Triumphs that made a difference for women
Mary Cranston could have accepted the maternity leave she won for herself at Pillsbury Madison Sutro and left it at that. And she could have let other women fight their own battles as she rose in the ranks from associate and top-notch litigator to chair of the much-merged, now-international law firm, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman.

State Bar Foundation seeks board members
The Foundation of the State Bar of California is seeking applicants for several positions on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1.

State Bar endorses disability insurance plan
Although many attorneys may consider their home, car or personal belongings their most important asset, it is likely that continued good health and the ability to earn a living should be higher on the list.

Capozzi appointed to state Judicial Council
The State Bar appointed former President Tony Capozzi to the Judicial Council last month to replace James Herman, another former bar president who was named to the bench in Santa Barbara County.

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