publishes '18' guide for young adults
this issue of the California Bar Journal, the State Bar publishes
the newest acquisition in its public education series, When
You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers. First published
by the California Law Advocates in 1991 and revised seven times
over the past decade, When You Become 18 is the second in a
trilogy of consumer guides to be issued by the State Bar's Office
of Media & Information Services.
The first, Kids and the Law: An A-to-Z Guide for Parents,
appeared for Law Day last May in the Bar Journal, and within a few months all
500,000 copies had been distributed to schools, services and youth programs
throughout California. In 2003, the trilogy will be completed with publication
of a new Seniors and the Law guide specifically designed for older
The publications in the series are funded by annual
generous grants from the Foundation of the State Bar of California. This past
year, the foundation board, an independent body from the State Bar which awards
grants and scholarships, voted to provide a minimum of $50,000 per year over
the next three years to sponsor the public education trilogy.
"The State Bar is extremely grateful for the foundation
support to provide these excellent publications for communities around the
state," said Maria Villa, chair of the board committee which oversees the
bar's public education efforts. "Kids and the Law provides a great resource
for parents and teachers to begin talking with young people about right and
wrong and laws which affect them. When You Become 18 is a great resource for
teenagers as they embark on young adulthood."
also extended the bar's gratitude to the California Law Advocates, a group
which has worked
order When You Become 18: A Survival Guide for Teenagers, please send
an e-mail to email@example.com
or call 415/538-2283. School orders may be placed directly through the
California PTA at 213/620-1100. Please pass on the copy in your Bar
Journal to teenagers or others who may benefit from this information.
judge: election suit has no merit
An attempt by an Arizona-based lawyer to win the right to
vote in the current board of governors election was decisively rejected by a
federal judge last month.
Louis J. Hoffman, a member of the California bar who
sometimes practices here but whose primary office is in Phoenix, had asked for
a preliminary injunction permitting him to vote in the current election.
U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong denied the
request and shot down every argument his lawyer, Boalt Hall professor Stephen
Barnett, offered. Ruling from the bench, Armstrong said Hoffman "failed to
prove a reasonable likelihood of prevailing on the merits."
Saying she found no evidence of discrimination against
out-of-state practitioners who are members of the California bar, Armstrong
said Hoffman has neither a fundamental right to vote in the bar election nor a
fundamental right to run for the board, which he wishes to do next year. The
goal of State Bar elections, she added, "is to guarantee local
representation. . . .Those with their principal offices in California are more
interested" and affected by the State Bar's activities than those who
practice outside the state, she said.
an intellectual property
candidates running for five board seats
In what is shaping up as the most hotly contested race for
the State Bar Board of Governors in recent years, 15 candidates are vying for
five open seats. The issues are wide-ranging and include some old standbys -
what do the members get for their dues, does the bar spend its money wisely and
are its activities relevant? - as well as a couple of newer concerns, such as
the widespread practice of law by non- lawyers who prey on immigrant
communities and the bar's new diversion program for alcohol- and
one candidate, James Heiting of Riverside, ran unopposed and was automatically
elected. Five candidates are facing off in each of two
of Delegates and State Bar are likely to divorce
A State Bar task force unanimously recommended last month
that the board of governors authorize the conference of delegates to
reconstitute itself as a separate, nonprofit entity.
Both bar and conference representatives pronounced
themselves pleased with a step that will almost certainly lead to a divorce
between the two organizations by next fall.
At its meeting early this month, the board also will be
asked to authorize a statutory change to permit the bar to collect fees for an
independent conference through the annual dues bill sent to all members.
a plan floated by the conference, which probably will call itself the
Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations