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Officials fear new wave of immigration fraud

With possible immigration law changes on the horizon, law enforcement officials worry about a spike in fraud aimed at immigrants seeking legal advice. 

Chief justice laments historic cuts to California court system

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-SakauyeUsing the landmark U.S. Supreme Court Gideon v. Wainwright case as a backdrop, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged lawmakers in Sacramento last month to restore funding to the judicial branch – or risk jeopardizing access to justice in California. Her State of the Judiciary address came just days before the 50th anniversary of the case, which guaranteed that all criminal defendants have a lawyer, regardless of their ability to pay for one.

MCLE overhaul contemplated at public hearings

Concerned that the Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements for attorneys might need to be updated, a State Bar Board of Trustees panel will hold public hearings on the subject April 18 in Los Angeles and May 8 in San Francisco.

Bar weighs health insurance program for small practices

Attorneys licensed in California may soon have another option when it comes to finding health insurance. The State Bar’s Committee on Group Insurance Programs is spearheading a program to connect them with vetted insurance brokers who can advise them of their options.

New form approved for fee disputes with clients

Attorneys who encounter a fee dispute with a client should be aware that the State Bar has come out with an updated version of the Notice of Client’s Right to Fee Arbitration form.