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Board of Trustees to consider limited-practice licensing

At a retreat last month, the State Bar Board of Trustees discussed various new regulatory ideas, including a limited-practice licensing program that would create a new class of professionals who could give legal advice.

Legacy of service marks Jack Berman award winners

Emily Arnold-FernandezIn the 20th year of the Jack Berman Award of Achievement, which recognizes young lawyers who have shown extraordinary commitment to pro bono, the California Bar Journal caught up with a few of its past winners and found them doing amazing work.  Emily Arnold-Fernandez, for example, is expanding the nonprofit she founded to help refugees around the globe.

Courts operate in ‘crisis mode’ under governor’s budget

The judicial branch was spared additional cuts to its operating budget, but the effect of previous budget cuts means that courtrooms will continue to go dark and the public will continue to endure service reductions.

State Bar rules can apply to out-of-state lawyers too

California law corporations must follow State Bar rules even if none of their attorneys is admitted to practice law here, an appellate court has ruled.

Discipline unit keeps backlog in check

The new year is off to a good start for the State Bar’s discipline unit, which ended 2012 with an investigations backlog of just five cases.

Nominations open for State Bar awards

It’s not too early to submit nominations for the President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award. The deadline is March 15.