Tani Cantil-Sakauye, California’s chief justice-elect, is primed to take on the administrative demands of the new job but says she’ll tread cautiously when it comes to the legal side, listening to and learning from her Supreme Court colleagues. The new top judge has a list of four key initatives, but says funding for court operations is the top priority.
Former state Sen. Joe Dunn says the State Bar’s public protection efforts are of paramount importance and he will take advantage of his extensive legal, political and CEO experience in running the 230,000-member bar.
Bills for membership fees were mailed Dec. 1 to California lawyers. Active lawyers owe $410 and inactives must pay $125. Lawyers whose last names start with N-Z also must complete MCLE compliance by Feb. 1.
The State Bar is recruiting applicants for approximately 200 positions on more than three dozen committees, boards and commissions.
The board of governors approved amendments to four JNE rules, and will ask the legislature to add new rating — “not qualified at this time.”
The pass rate for the July bar exam was down for the second year; 54.8 percent passed.