California Bar Journal
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ABA House of Delegates

The State Bar will strive to appoint its 11 delegates to the ABA House of Delegates based on the following guidelines: One delegate who qualifies as the young lawyer representative; up to two delegates to include the most immediate past member of the ABA board of governors and any immediate past officer of the ABA from California; two members who have not had substantial volunteer experience with the ABA but who possess the leadership and other skills to be successful delegation members; and, six delegates who have substantial bar experience, especially with the ABA, and are typical of other State Bar appointments. Each member of the State Bar's ABA delegation would be eligible for reappointment to no more than three two-year appointments or a maximum of six years of service with the delegation.

SOURCE: State Bar Board of Governors
CONTACT: Karen Hagelund, Appointments Office, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105-1639; 415/538-2299; 415/538-2255 (fax);

Conflict of interest code

Revisions to the State Bar's conflict of interest code for its officers, employees or consultants reflect either job title changes with no change in reporting responsibilities or the deletion of defunct positions and are proposed so that the list may more accurately reflect the current organization of the bar. In a few circumstances, new positions and disclosure categories have been added to Appendix A based on a determination that it is reasonably foreseeable that employees in these positions may either make or participate in the making of decisions which may have a material effect on their financial interests. (Code, 2.). In addition, changes have been suggested to make the Code consistent with the statutory requirements.

SOURCE: Board of Governors Legal Committee
CONTACT: Pat Bermudez, Office of General Counsel, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639; 415/538-2270;

Revision to MCLE rules

Under the current MCLE Rules and Regulations, members are required to complete at least one hour of continuing education in the area of prevention, detection and treatment of substance abuse and emotional distress (with a cap of six hours for the emotional distress component). The proposed amendment will eliminate entirely the emotional distress component from the requirement. As a result, prevention, detection and treatment of emotional distress will no longer be considered a required topic and no general MCLE credit may be earned for education in that area.

SOURCE: Board of Governors Committee on Member Relations
CONTACT: Dina DiLoreto, Office of Certification, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639, 415/538-2121, fax 415/538-2180, e-mail