Paula Littlewood, executive director of the Washington State
Bar Association, outlined the challenges her state faced in licensing legal
technicians to meet the needs of an underserved public. Littlewood
and others spoke to a working group exploring whether California should pursue
a similar program.
The chair of a State Bar committee on professional liability
insurance identifies the most common pitfalls that could get you sued,
including missing filing deadlines and failing to document legal work.
Members of California’s legal community hope that a new
formula for distributing money to the trial courts marks the first step in
restoring much-needed operational funds to the statewide judicial branch.
A State Bar Court hearing judge recommended disbarment for
Del Norte District Attorney Jon M. Alexander, who was found culpable of professional
misconduct for the fourth time.
Joanna R. Mendoza, of Granite Bay, as the only candidate
running in District 3, was deemed to be elected to the State Bar Board of
Trustees. She will be sworn in at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October along
with the winner of a contested District 1 election between San Francisco
attorneys Omid E. Talai and Daniel Dean.
Fifteen aspiring public interest lawyers will get financial
assistance with the bar exam thanks to a unique scholarship program offered by
the California Bar Foundation.