After more than a year of drafts, revisions and public
hearings, a task force has sent to the State Bar’s Board of Trustees a
far-reaching proposal geared towards improving the practical skills of new lawyers. The proposal would require extra skills training, MCLE and service to pro bono or modest means clients.
In a matter of days, the State Bar will launch its
largest-ever compliance audit for Minimum Continuing Legal Education. Read here
for information and tips in case you are one of the attorneys selected whose
last names begin with the letters A through G.
Although Congress is still shaping a workable immigration
reform package, experts say communities are already seeing signs of what could
develop into a torrent of immigration fraud in California.
After years of devastating budget cuts, California
courts will receive an additional $63 million in 2013-14. But it won’t be
enough to prevent continued courthouse closures throughout the state.
A State Bar working group has recommended further study of a
limited license to practice law program in order to boost access to legal
services for low- and moderate-income Californians.
A State Bar working group exploring the challenges facing
senior lawyers and their clients discussed continuing education courses,
assessment tests and peer counseling as tools to help attorneys recognize how
age-related health problems affect their work.