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‘Kids & the Law:’ Updated guide marks 20th year in print

Kids and the LawOne of the State Bar’s most popular legal guides for parents is now updated and available for ordering online. A collaboration between the bar and University of San Francisco Law School Professor Thomas A. Nazario, the guide was once a small book and later condensed to its current 16-page format.

Task force hears pros and cons of dividing State Bar roles

The State Bar held two public meetings last month to review a restructuring proposal from two members of the Board of Trustees. The proposal involves separating the bar regulatory role overseeing attorney admissions and discipline and moving its trade association functions into a new private, nonprofit.

Harry Sondheim Professional Responsibility Award goes to staunch ethics advocates

When it comes to advocating professionalism and ethical conduct, Karen M. Goodman and Judge Brian C. Walsh are true standouts. Last month the State Bar recognized their decades-long efforts in promoting ethics by granting them the highest honors possible.

Law Suits program helps unemployed dress for success

The bar’s Litigation Section’s “Law Suits” program launched a drive more than 15 years ago to donate suits and other office wear to those who need it most. Its effort has blossomed into a partnership with The Men’s Wearhouse retail chain and with other nonprofits across the state.

New trustee from San Diego appointed to board

Gov. Jerry Brown’s appointment of Stacie Spector to the bar’s Board of Trustees follows her long history of stints in the White House, the University of California San Diego and The Salk Institute, all of them as a communications expert.

Chief of bar’s discipline unit announces departure

Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim has announced her decision to leave the State Bar after five years of what top managers called outstanding leadership. She declined reappointment to the post.