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An epidemic of violence against Native American women

Native American Women illustrationLaw enforcement and government agencies are taking steps to overcome a myriad of obstacles faced by Native American women victimized by domestic violence and physical assaults. Jurisdiction is often unclear, distrust of law enforcement is widespread, and many Native American women, who are sexually assaulted at a rate 2.5 times higher than other ethnic groups, are reluctant to come forward.

Supreme Court will hear disgraced journalist’s
moral character case

Stephen GlassStephen Glass, who won national infamy for making up parts of or whole magazine stories, is trying to win admission to the California bar. Although the State Bar Court said yes, the Committee of Bar Examiners denied his application. The state Supreme Court will have the final word.

Take the bar’s survey

The State Bar is surveying randomly selected lawyers to update its demographic information and to determine what services attorneys use or want.

2012 dues bills mailed

Active lawyers owe $410 in annual bar dues and inactive lawyers will owe $115, by Feb. 1. Attorneys whose last names start with H-to-M (Group 2) have the same deadline to report completion of their 25 hours of MCLE.

Foreclosure lawyer turned down

A southern California lawyer who claimed the State Bar isn’t authorized to take over his loan modification practice was rebuffed by the Supreme Court.

Help wanted: Volunteer for a State Bar committee

The State Bar is seeking applicants for about 200 volunteer positions on more than three dozen committees, boards and commissions. Openings range from regulatory committees to groups that consider changes to the law.

More lawyers will be sworn in

Almost 55 percent of would-be lawyers ― 4,635 applicants ― who took the July bar exam passed. If they satisfy other requirements for admission, they will become members of the State Bar, bringing the number of California attorneys to more than 237,000.

Beware of counterfeit check scams

Sophisticated Internet counterfeit check scams, often targeting collection lawyers, continue to proliferate. In addition to being victimized, lawyers can face ethical problems if they fall for the scam.