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Task force finalizes practical skills proposal

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.

State Bar begins MCLE compliance audit of 4,700

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.

Immigration debate has attorneys on alert for fraud

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.

Budget restores modest sum to California court budget

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.

Panel gives nod to limited license idea

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.

Age-related competence problems can be tricky to recognize, diagnose

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.