Cal State Bar Mulls Boosting Basic Bar Fee

  June 11, 2019 – According to the ABA Division of Bar Services, for the first time in roughly two decades, the State Bar of California may be poised for an increase in its basic bar fee. At the end of May, the California Senate approved legislation to require practicing lawyers to pay $535 in…

Second District Seeks Help for Indigent Condemned

June 10, 2019 – The regional Habeas Corpus Panel Committee for the Second District Court of Appeal is seeking qualified lawyers to represent indigent persons who have been sentenced to death in their habeas corpus proceedings in the Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Superior Courts. For information regarding applying for an…

LASC Judge Speer To End 21-Year Career on the Bench

June 5, 2019 – Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Susan M. Speer’s last day on the bench will be June 21, ending a 21-year judicial career. Speer was appointed March 12, 1998, to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson. She had been a deputy district attorney since 1981. Announcing her retirement, the judge…

New LAPD/Attorney Program to Aid the Abused

May 23, 2019 – The Los Angeles Police Department is creating a specialized attorney volunteer opportunity in its Valley Bureau for approved attorney volunteers to support Detectives at local community stations in the San Fernando Valley with in-station pro bono service involving dependent adult abuse and elder abuse cases. The recruitment of interested attorney volunteer…

Bar Approves Restructured Fee Scaling

May 21, 2019 – The State Bar Board of Trustees has authorized restructured fee-scaling options to expand reduced or waived licensing fee increases among attorneys whose incomes fall below certain thresholds. The new model will be proposed during the legislative process for setting the State Bar’s licensing fee for 2020. The Board delegated authority to staff…

State Bar Modernizes Auditing of MCLE Compliance

May 20, 2019 – In a move to increase efficiency through technology, the Board of Trustees of the California State Bar Association has approved rule changes that will enable the Bar to modernize how it audits attorney compliance with continuing education requirements. Attorneys licensed by the State Bar have been required to certify completion of…