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Lawyers falling victim to identity theft

It was one of those situations that lawyers dread. In late March, Max Gerald “Jerry” Garcia got a call from a receptionist at his firm that two angry clients were there to see him and remembers thinking, “not again.”

Los Angeles lawyers bring longevity to the law

David Smith and Victor KaplanIn a profession notoriously racked by burnout, nonagenarians Victor Kaplan and David S. Smith still enjoy their work despite the vast changes undergone by the legal profession in seven decades. Kaplan, admitted to the State Bar of California in 1938, and Smith, admitted in 1943, recently talked to the California Bar Journal about how the practice of law has shifted, including less civility and more reliance on technology.

Three board members vie for presidency

Their individual goals may vary, but all three candidates vying to be the State Bar’s next president agree that the organization has made great strides in the past year and say they are committed to keeping that momentum going.

Judicial branch grapples with more budget cuts

Over protests from the legal community, the governor signed a 2012-13 spending plan in June that slashes $544 million from the judicial branch budget.

Lawyer Assistance Program widens its scope to dementia

Started more than 10 years ago, the State Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program is known for being a resource for lawyers with mental health or substance abuse problems. Now, the program is planning to broaden its focus to include another population in need: lawyers showing signs of dementia.

Ethics Byte - Focus returns to tighter discipline with Supreme Court’s return of 24 cases - By Diane Karpman

Diane KarpmanRecent signs suggest that the discipline pendulum (which shifts every decade or two) is about to radically switch once again. On Thursday, June 21, in an unprecedented move, the Supreme Court of California, which by law has the last word in attorney discipline, referred 24 (yes, twenty-four) cases back to the State Bar Court.

Happenings July 2012

The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and its charitable fund were honored as the Public Law Center’s 2012 Community Partner of the Year.