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Luis RodriquezLuis Rodriguez: First Latino bar president paves the way forward

Public Defender Luis Rodriguez, who will be sworn in as the State Bar’s 89th president this month, lists his top three concerns as adequate court funding, the risk of increased immigration fraud and law school debt. He assumes his duties with an eye to history as the first Latino bar president and only the second to come from the public sector.

President’s award spotlights outstanding
leaders in pro bono work

From attorneys determined to improve the lives of LGBT youth, to a mother of three who works with victims of human trafficking, the recipients of the 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards have varied backgrounds and legal expertise. But they all share one key characteristic: the drive to help those struggling and less fortunate.

Help is on the way for attorneys
mulling health insurance options

Perplexed about the individual insurance mandate under the Affordable Care Act? The State Bar can help. A new health care program is available to help attorneys find cost-effective health care insurance by connecting them with health care broker administrators.

Judge: Attorney misappropriated $3.5 million
from elderly doctor

A State Bar Court hearing judge has recommended disbarment for a San Francisco Bay Area attorney found to have committed what was the single largest misappropriation in the Office of Chief Trial Counsel’s recent memory.

State Supreme Court considers
public’s right to view bar exam data

The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this month in a case that pits the public’s right to access government records against the privacy rights of bar exam test-takers.

California Bar Foundation grants scholarships

More than a dozen outstanding law school students are getting a helping hand paying for their legal education thanks to the California Bar Foundation.