California Bar Journal
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California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


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Front Page - May 1999
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Lending compassion to a difficult situation
Legal specialist exam set Aug. 29
Board to meet June 25-26
Domestic violence group seeking volunteers
Northern California legal services board to fill five vacancies
Court statistics report now available on CD
For Y2K advice, link through bar's web site
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Trials Digest
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Hear the cries this time
A single letter, a big increase
Train time at the ABA
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From the President - Door to justice must be open
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Letters to the Editor
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Legal Tech - Litigation library great for attorneys out of office
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New Products & Services
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MCLE Self-Study
The Disabled Practitioner
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
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Ethics Byte - What to do when a client goes missing
Attorney charged with exposing clients to deportation
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Public Comment


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Capsoft offers regional HotDocs training

Capsoft Development, a provider of document automation software for legal professionals, will conduct a series of two-day training courses to provide users with techniques to help them get the most from HotDocs document assembly software.

Sessions will be held in San Francisco on May 18-19 and July 13-14 at Matthew Bender & Co., 201 Mission St.

Attorneys, paralegals and other legal, business and government professionals can gain valuable tips on how to effectively automate documents and forms using the software.

The training features hands-on instructions and in-depth written materials.

The cost is $400 per person. To sign up, contact Capsoft at 1-800/500-3627.

For additional information on Capsoft Development, visit

CompuLaw releases new calendar/docket program

Legal software publisher CompuLaw LLC is now shipping version 7.25 of Vision 98. The calendar/docket program includes many powerful new features, including a comprehensive, customizable integration with Microsoft Outlook and multiple WAN performance enhancements.

New features included with Version 7.25 of Vision 98 also let users access files over Wide Area Networks up to six times faster; abbreviate or replace CompuLaw's Court Rules description language with their own preferred language; and instantly find clients and matters by searching text imbedded within the client or matter field names.

For additional information, call 1-800/444-0020; e-mail; or writer CompuLaw LLC, 10277 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles 90067.

Westlaw information available via 2-way pager

West Group, Motorola and Idea Technologies Corp. have announced an agreement to deliver West Group's online content to legal professionals by two-way pagers.

The service, called PocketPara-legal, will be available via Page-Writer 2000 wireless pagers developed by Motorola.

PocketParalegal will allow attorneys with Westlaw accounts to use FAXPrint technology to deliver cases, statutes and other Westlaw content to their pagers or a fax machine whenever they need it.

It also will be valuable in these situations:

If an unfamiliar case or statute is raised during a negotiation away from a library, it can be delivered in just minutes.

If a legal professional is in court and needs the phone number of another attorney, it can be requested and received through the pager.

If a relevant opinion is delivered, or other information becomes available during a trial, it can be faxed quickly or e-mailed directly to the courtroom.

The Idea Technologies Corp. (ITCOR) develops value-added software for the Motorola PageWriter 2000 two-way pager, focusing on the information needs of legal professionals. ITCOR's new application, PocketParalegal, is an innovative legal research tool.

For more information, visit, or