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Hong Yen ChangChinese immigrant receives posthumous admission

The California Supreme Court made history last month when it granted posthumous admission to Hong Yen Chang, who was denied a law license 125 years ago due to federal and state laws denying citizenship and employment to Chinese Americans.

Panel proposes pilot project to test legal technician program

A State Bar task force last month proposed the development of a pilot program for limited licensing of legal technicians as part of a series of recommendations aimed at closing the so-called “justice gap.”

Chief: Recession spurred court innovations

State of the JudiciaryIn her annual State of the Judiciary address, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said the judiciary has responded to belt-tightening with advocacy, innovation and self-assessment. Though her speech touched less on funding than ones she’s given in previous years, Cantil-Sakauye said the courts will need more help in the future.

Three incoming trustees chosen

One new member was appointed and two others were elected last month to the State Bar Board of Trustees.

State Bar launches nationwide search for new executive director

The Board of Trustees is looking for an experienced administrator to lead the largest unified state bar in the country.

Workers’ compensation judge named to State Bar Court

The state Supreme Court has named a judge with a Stockton-based workers’ compensation division to a judicial post in State Bar Court.