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Legal job market woes complicate work of task force

A task force researching the preparedness of newly minted California attorneys got a grim reality check last month from an out-of-state law professor: Practical skills may not help students overcome the bleakest  job market in decades.

State high court defining the boundaries

California Supreme CourtCalifornia Supreme Court observer J. Clark Kelso said this year's term was all about delineating the boundaries in the law, making the fine distinctions that can make all the difference in a common law lawyer's case. In his annual review, Kelso explores the court's decisions involving criminal law, victim restitution, personal injury damages and employer liability.

Annual Meeting set for next month

State Bar Annual Meeting MontereyMonterey, known for its breathtaking coastline, world-class aquarium and rich cultural history, will once again play host to the State Bar’s Annual Meeting this year. Attendees of the 85th Annual Meeting, Oct. 11-14, will have plenty of opportunities to soak up knowledge thanks to an education agenda packed with 142 seminars, allowing for up to 18.5 hours worth of MCLE credit and legal specialization.

Nine garner President’s Pro Bono Service Awards

A number of California attorneys are being recognized for providing free legal services to those who cannot afford to pay for them. Among them are individuals who helped free an innocent man from prison, saved a family's home from foreclosure and came to the rescue of victims of rape and other crimes.

Brian Oxman disbarred and his wife suspended for client trust account violations

High-profile attorney Rickey Brian Oxman, who once represented pop icon Michael Jackson in his child molestation trial, was disbarred. His wife and law partner, Maureen Patricia Jaroscak, was suspended for 18 months.

ABA Model Rules reflect technology, globalization - By Diane Karpman

Diane KarpmanLegal ethics expert Diane Karpman writes about some of the more interesting proposals that came out of the August 2012 American Bar Association House of Delegates meeting. The proposed changes to the model rules of conduct reflect the impact that technology and globalization have had on the practice of law.