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Lending legal aid after the Valley Fire devastation

Lake Fire volunteersJames Anderson assists an unidentified victim of the Valley Fire. Anderson was among a group of attorneys who volunteered to assist in the aftermath of the September fire. The group spent five days in Middletown in early October, answering questions and connecting residents to legal resources.

New State Bar president pushes for legal services, court funding

David J. Pasternak took the helm of the State Bar board last month, pledging to advocate for increased funding for the judiciary and increased access to legal services.

Deadline approaches for reporting MCLE

Attorneys in Group 1 (whose last names begin with A-G) are due next to report their MCLE compliance. View a graphic of the requirements.

Ethics panel calls for a disclosure rule for prosecutors

A State Bar panel last month recommended that California amend its ethics rules to specifically address prosecutorial misconduct.

State Bar welcomes signing of annual fee bill

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law the State Bar’s annual fee bill, SB 387, which will keep the basic yearly licensing fee at $315 in 2016 for practicing lawyers in California.

State Bar committees need volunteers

The State Bar is recruiting dedicated volunteers for approximately 200 positions on more than three dozen committees, boards and commissions.