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Laurel Kaufer: Peacemaker promotes nonviolence behind bars

Luarel KauferRead an interview with a Los Angeles lawyer-mediator who answered a desperate plea for help from a woman at the maximum-security Valley State Prison in Chowchilla. The result was the Prison of Peace initiative that teaches inmates how to diffuse conflicts. The Q&A is part of the Bar Journal's Just Pursuits series.

U.S. Supreme Court term in review: The court affects all of us

UC Irvine professor Erwin Chemerinsky offers a roundup of the high court’s major decisions of the past year, which affect each of us, often in the most important and intimate aspects of our lives.

Board seeks public feedback on proposed MCLE changes

The future of legal education in California could include a wider array of choices and better quality courses, along with an increase in the number of hours required.

Immigration fraud tops priority list for next bar president

Luis RodriquezLuis J. Rodriguez won’t be sworn in until October, but he is already hitting the ground running on one of the key issues he will be focused on as State Bar president – preventing immigration fraud by attorneys. Concerned that federal immigration reform efforts will lead to an increase in fraud, Rodriguez and other bar officials are working on state legislation aimed at getting ahead of any potential problem.

Q&A: Legal specialization a boon for consumers

With the deadline approaching for California attorneys to register as legal specialists, the California Bar Journal speaks to Los Angeles-based bankruptcy attorney J. Scott Bovitz about the benefits of specialization.

State Bar general counsel to retire

General Counsel Starr Babcock, who has served as the State Bar of California’s top legal adviser for the past three years, announced that he will retire in January after a 40-year career dominated by public service to the judicial branch.

San Francisco attorney elected to Board of Trustees

Attorney Daniel Dean of San Francisco has been elected to serve a three-year term on the State Bar Board of Trustees.