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State budget restores $105 million, but judicial branch says funding still falls short

Court budget cutsThe governor’s proposed budget for next fiscal year adds $105 million to the judicial branch budget, but the chief justice warns that isn’t even enough to maintain the status quo. Fully funding the courts would require $1.2 billion over the next three years.

New State Bar unit to focus on non-lawyers who flout immigration law

A State Bar committee last month approved the hiring of a team to investigate and bring civil actions against non-lawyers who are defrauding consumers through the unauthorized practice of law.

A question of ethics

Find out what topics callers to the State Bar’s Ethics Hotline were asking about in 2013.

scam graphicDishonest clients can mire attorneys in messy bank, Internet scams

Read how a San Ramon attorney escaped becoming a victim of a collection scam.

Supreme Court bars Glass, Grant from practicing law

In separate rulings last month, the California Supreme Court cited a need to maintain public confidence and respect for the legal profession when it excluded two people from the practice of law for their moral lapses.

Scalia discusses legal ethics in the 21st century

Joined by lawyer and lexicographer Bryan A. Garner, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia spoke about the influence of technology, speech and money on legal ethics at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

MCLE Dos and Don’ts

How long should you keep your attendance certificates? Can a non-legal course count for MCLE? Read through a list of what to do — and what NOT do — to make sure you sail through an MCLE audit.