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Cannabis counsel movement rallies pot’s true believers

Goggin and PatrickAttorneys who were on the vanguard of the marijuana legalization movement two decades ago are no longer on the fringes. As society and the justice system has evolved, it’s spurred a green gold rush and many lawyers have spotted opportunity.

Bar governance issues at the forefront

A State Bar task force will continue discussions about dividing the bar into separate regulatory and trade associations, even as the state Assembly turned down a proposed fee bill that would have eliminated six attorney-elected seats on the bar’s Board of Trustees.

Scammers co-opt attorneys’ names to solicit money

The latest scam aimed at attorneys involves “phishing” type emails purportedly sent by a member of the State Bar to an unsuspecting third party.

Bar exam numbers dip again in February

February’s bar exam pass rate slid again for the second year, ending an upward swing that reached its peak in 2014. According to the State Bar’s Committee of Bar Examiners, the overall pass rate was 35.7 percent.

Graphic: Attorney complaints received in 2015

The State Bar received 15,796 new complaints against California lawyers in 2015. Here’s a snapshot of some statistics in the State Bar’s Annual Discipline Report filed April 29.

Two vie for State Bar board presidency

The next State Bar president, chosen by the board in July, will either be Trustee Michael G. Colantuono or Vice President James P. Fox. Read more about the candidates.