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Is lying protected by the First Amendment?

The Supreme Court will consider the constitutionality of the Stolen Valor Act after lower courts disagreed about whether lying about receiving the Medal of Honor violates the First Amendment.

Volunteer for vets

Lawyers who want to help veterans can attend a free training Nov. 8 for accreditation to practice before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Private funding considered as a way
to implement court case management system

The Administrative Office of the Courts, the State Bar and the family foundation of a Los Angeles philanthropist signed a letter of intent last month to begin discussions about whether the courts should accept private grant money to help deploy its computerized case management system in three superior courts.

Joan Dempsey KleinAnother award for always-young
Joan Dempsey Klein

87-year-old appellate Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, who knew Bernard Witkin, wins the prestigious medal that bears his name. Klein, whose resume lists numerous “firsts,” says she might consider retiring before Gov. Brown leaves office — whenever that is.

Lower bar dues are due Feb. 1

The bills for the 2012 State Bar dues will be mailed to members Dec. 1. Most active lawyers will owe $400 and inactives must pay $115. Lawyers whose last names start with H-to-M (Group 2) also have a Feb. 1 deadline for reporting completion of their 25 hours of MCLE.

Wanted: Volunteers for State Bar committees

Some 200 volunteer positions on more than three dozen committees, boards and commissions are open for the coming year; the deadline to apply for most positions is Feb. 1. Terms — mostly for three years — begin next October.

Fig leaves

Paul F. Fegen, described on his website as “a California icon” and an “L.A. legend” was disbarred after leaving his law practice to pursue a career as a professional magician known as The Fantastic Fig.

Maria RiveraLegal services advocate Maria Rivera will be honored for her commitment to access to justice

Appellate Justice Maria Rivera, who will receive the Benjamin Aranda Access to Justice Award next month, proposes a Do-It-Yourself movement for lawyers to start helping those who need but can’t afford legal help.