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Nordwind’s work with the poor earns accolades

Betty NordwindEven as a teen, Betty Nordwind was so committed to fairness that she organized a school supply drive for students in Central America. Executive director of the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles for 27 years, Nordwind has dedicated her career to providing legal services to the poor. This month she’ll be honored with the Loren Miller Legal Services Award.

Kelso: California Supreme Court term reveals some surprises

Cases involving Miranda warnings, red-light cameras and the accuracy of breath-test machines show that when it comes to the law we should expect the unexpected, writes legal scholar J. Clark Kelso.

Shining a light on attorneys and groups who help pro bono

Manatt Phelps & PhillipsA peace officer who became an attorney after 30 years on the police force. Advocates for Korean Americans living in isolation and victims of human trafficking. A law firm that undertook complex asylum cases on behalf of transgender immigrants. These are just some of the examples of outstanding work that’s being recognized by the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards this month.

Slideshow: Lawyers who advocated for court funding among awardees

The Judicial Council recognized the efforts of the State Bar, the Open Courts Coalition and the Bench-Bar Coalition at an awards ceremony last month. View a slideshow of all the award winners.

Mishandling of son’s funds ends in mother’s disbarment

A San Francisco Bay Area attorney has lost her license to practice law for using the legal system to try to control her adult son and for misappropriating his settlement funds.