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Los Angeles lawyers settle on music

Retired Superior Court Aviva K. BobbThe 75-musician Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, composed mostly of lawyers and judges, is attracting a growing audience. After receiving a standing ovation at its debut performance, the orchestra has performed before a wide variety of audiences. Its attorney-musicians say the rehearsals and performances revitalize them as much as their fans. 

Justice Laurie Zelon honored with Aranda AwardLaurie Zelon

Justice Laurie Zelon, a longtime champion for those who need, but can’t afford, legal help received the Benjamin Aranda Access to Justice Award. Zelon has devoted much of her career to opening the courts to people who might otherwise never be represented.

Dues bills will be mailed next month

Bills for State Bar membership fees will be mailed Dec. 1. The payment deadline, as well as the MCLE compliance deadline for attorneys whose last names start with N-Z, is Feb. 1.

Bar task force moves to address legislative criticism

A governance task force took the first steps last month to address legislative criticism that the State Bar may not be meeting its public protection mandate.

Bar responds to Innocence Project report

The State Bar starts to review claims by the Innocence Project that the bar doesn’t do enough to discipline prosecutors who commit misdeeds.

Sonia FernancesSacramento attorney receives Jack Berman Award

Sacramento lawyer Sonia Fernandes, staff counsel for the enforcement division of the state’s Department of Managed Health Care, received the Jack Berman Award for her public service.

Three judges reappointed to State Bar Court

Three State Bar Court judges, Judith Epstein, Richard Honn, and Lucy Armendariz, were reappointed.

Legal writing: A contract between the reader and writer

U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Guilford, a former State Bar president, offers a primer on good legal writing. It starts with a contract between writer and reader.

Rancho Cordova lawyer charged with
swindling distressed homeowners

Sacramento-area lawyer James Sandison, already facing State Bar charges of misusing his client trust account and named in a $60 million loan modification fraud suit by the attorney general, has now been charged by the State Bar with “swindling distressed homeowners.”