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Draft plan released for law student hands-on training

A State Bar group exploring ways to help new attorneys get better equipped to practice law recently unveiled its draft recommendations, including practical skills training and a pro bono commitment.

Lawyer, pioneer in legal ethics to be honored

Paul VapnekPaul W. Vapnek has worked to ensure that California attorneys have the tools they need to run an ethical law practice. Among other accomplishments, he was the first editor of the California Compendium on Professional Responsibility. Vapnek will receive the Harry B. Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award at the Annual State Bar Ethics Symposium on April 20.

Fiscal cliff looms for poor seeking legal services

Lawmakers were briefed last month on the precipitous drop in funding for providers of legal services to the poor.

Lawyers urged to think about surrogacy agreements

While there’s no legal obligation to have a will-like document for winding down a law practice, the State Bar president calls it a “moral obligation” in the event of unexpected incapacitation or death.

Chief justice touts civic learning as key to democracy

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye joined forces with former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to raise awareness of the issue of civic literacy among young people.

Sacramento lawyer appointed to Board of Trustees

Glenda Corcoran won’t be sworn in until October, but the former State Assembly staffer will participate in upcoming board meetings as a non-voting member.