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Law professor: Attorneys must evolve with changing times

James MoliternoThe legal profession, to its own detriment, has not done a good job of anticipating and adapting to changes in society, a law professor from Washington and Lee University School of Law says. James E. Moliterno spoke to the State Bar Board of Trustees last month.

Program recruits students to guide those who can’t afford a lawyer

Over the last decade, JusticeCorps has trained nearly 2,000 students to help self-represented litigants in California navigate the court system. The program celebrated its 10th anniversary last month and received an award from Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye.

Task Force hears call for strong measures for legal services

Addressing the severe shortage of legal services for the poor requires strong measures such as pro bono requirements for lawyers and new kinds of legal service providers, according to New York and Washington state officials.

Pass rate for February bar exam hits a high note

February Bar Exam results graphicMore than 45 percent of test-takers passed the California Bar Exam last month, marking a 17-year high. The pass rate for a February exam hasn’t been that high since 1997, when 48.8 percent of test-takers passed. As is usually the case, those taking the test for the first time and those who attended California law schools accredited by the American Bar Association fared the best.

Holden sole candidate in Board of Trustees president race

Craig HoldenState Bar Board of Trustees Vice President Craig Holden will have no opposition running for president in the July officers’ election. See who’s running for vice president and treasurer. The new officers will be sworn in at the Annual Meeting in September.

Brown’s proposal adds $160 million to court spending

With weeks to go before the state budget is due to be finalized, courts appear likely to receive a significant boost in funding. But it’s unclear whether the increase will be enough to prevent continued court closures.

LA superior court judge rebuked for mocking attorneys

The state’s judicial watchdog agency has disciplined a former Los Angeles County Superior Court judge for treating attorneys who appeared before him in a “sarcastic, belittling and harsh manner.”