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U.S. Supreme Court review: A harbinger of things to come

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California Irvine School of Law, offers a roundup of key cases from the U.S. Supreme Court’s recently completed term.

Champion for fairness in the court system receives Aranda Award

Sue AlexanderA former therapist, Alameda County Superior Court’s Sue Alexander was appointed to carry out AB 1058, groundbreaking legislation that changed how child support is collected in the state. She’s being recognized for her work with the Aranda Access to Justice Award. She is the first commissioner to receive the award.

Bar to host workshops to help lawyers plan for retirement

A somber outlook for those nearing retirement prompted the State Bar to offer a series of fall workshops to help lawyers map out their financial future.

Holden elected to head State Bar board for 2014-15 

Craig HoldenThe Board of Trustees has chosen Los Angeles attorney Craig Holden to be its next president. The incoming vice president will be Heather Linn Rosing of San Diego and the incoming treasurer will be Michael Colantuono of Penn Valley.

Board of Trustees to install five members at Annual Meeting

Three elected and two appointed members will take the oath of office next month at the State Bar Annual Meeting. They are: Danette Elizabeth Meyers of Los Angeles, Heather Linn Rosing of San Diego, Janet Lee Brewer of Palo Alto, James P. Fox of San Mateo and Terrance W. Flanigan of Sacramento.

Governor names Latino and Stanford law professor to high court

Drawing once again from the ranks of academia, Gov. Jerry Brown nominated Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar to the California Supreme Court. The Stanford law professor and Mexican immigrant is poised to succeed Justice Marvin R. Baxter in January.

Annual Meeting features dramatic duel as justices reenact tragedy

It’s not often that California’s Supreme Court justices can be seen dueling with pistols at dawn. But the State Bar’s Annual Meeting Sept. 11-14 in San Diego will feature colorful performances from the justices – all in the name of theater and history.