California Bar eJournal

November 2013

Under a new law signed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown, attorneys and immigration consultants can no longer charge upfront fees for federal immigration reform services until Congress passes legislation.
New rules adopted last month stop short of upping the requirement for 25 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education every three years. Trustees did adopt a new “competence issues” requirement and rules also create a formal audit system for providers.
Patrick Kelly
In his inaugural column, Luis J. Rodriguez writes from the heart about why he wanted to serve as State Bar president. His inspiration came in many forms, including some of the clients he represented as a deputy public defender.
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  • New Board members
    State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez took the helm of the Board of Trustees last month as its first Latino president in 87 years.
    Cutting one day from California’s three-day bar exam will have to wait. Other major bar projects and the upcoming move of Los Angeles office last month prompted the Committee of Bar Examiners to postpone the idea indefinitely.
    Jon Streeter
    With the goal of better preparing new lawyers to enter the profession, the State Bar’s Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead last month to new competency training requirements as well as a committee that will decide how to carry them out. Former president Jon Streeter will chair the committee.
    Although Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a new law that allows immigrants to become eligible for a State Bar license, the California Supreme Court wants time to review the idea that they can be admitted.

    The Supreme Court delves into the question of whether a former journalist who faked stories and lied to cover it up has rehabilitated himself enough to receive a law license.

    Ethics expert Diane Karpman discusses the boundaries of the State Bar’s new civility initiative and why “Have a nice day you $#!%@&#” may be constitutionally protected free speech.

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