Newsletter for Sept. 15 - Sept. 28, 2014
 

Successfully Litigating Attorneys Fees and Sanctions
Practice Pointers from the Judicial Perspective
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section
**Register Now for Discounted Pricing**

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Speakers:
Hon. Thomas Trent Lewis
Assistant Supervising Judge
Los Angeles County Superior Court

Hon. Mark S. Millard
Family Law Panel
Orange County Superior Court

Eleanor A. Stegmeier
Partner
Stegmeier, Gelbart, Schwartz & Benavente, LLP

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

News

OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee Participates in California Conference of Delegates

The OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee recently took part in the 2014 California Conference of Delegates, which was held Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014 in San Diego. Shown here, OCBA Legislative Resolutions Committee Crimial & Vehicle Leader Alan Crivaro presents Committee Chair Jason Turner with a plaque in appreciation of his service. Please visit our Facebook page to view additional photos from the event.


Sponsorship Opportunities for Raise Your Glass II

Sponsorship opportunities remain for Raise Your Glass II: A Wine Tasting & Charity Awards Benefit in support of the OCBA Charitable Fund, a nonprofit foundation raising money for law-related charities in Orange County. Increase your firm's visibility while contributing to a worthy cause! Each year, the OCBA Charitable Fund provides resources to organizations and programs in order to enhance the system of justice and promote equal justice for all. Please download the flyer for sponsorship pricing and information, or call 949.440.6700 ext. 127. For more information regarding the event, including the 2014 OCBA Charitable Fund Honorees, please click here. Please click here to view the 2014 OCBA & OCBA Charitable Fund Presidents’ Circle, Fall Fundraiser Event Co-Chairs, and Honorary Gala Committee. Special thanks to our Champagne Sponsor Greenberg Gross. To view a complete list of our event sponsors to date, please click here.


OCBA Section Spotlight:
A Salon-Style Discussion with
Associate Justice Ming Chin
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Join the OCBA Appellate Law Section for a very special discussion with California Supreme Court Associate Justice Ming W. Chin about his experiences on the Supreme Court and his perspective on oral advocacy and brief writing. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Sections Annual Leadership Elections
Nominations Now Open for Business & Corporate Law, Corporate Counsel, & Environmental Law

This fall, all OCBA Sections will conduct online elections for open leadership positions. Nominations are now open for the Business & Corporate Law, Corporate Counsel, and Environmental Law Sections, while nominations for the Alternative Dispute Resolution and Appellate Law Sections' respective elections will close TODAY, Sept. 15, 2014. For additional information on the 2014 election process for OCBA Sections, including a complete schedule of nomination and election dates, please click here.


Call for Nominations: 2014 Franklin G. West Award
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 Franklin G. West Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA). This annual OCBA recognition was established in memory of Judge Franklin G. West and is considered the OCBA’s lifetime achievement award. Judge West epitomized the best of the legal profession, both as an attorney and a judge. The Award, which annually recognizes an outstanding attorney or judge whose lifetime achievements have advanced justice and the law, will be presented at the OCBA Judges’ Night & Annual Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015. For more information and details on how to submit a nomination, please download the nomination form.

OCBA Congratulates State Bar Honorees

More than two dozen individuals, firms, and legal organizations were honored for their extraordinary work during the California State Bar’s Annual Meeting, which was held Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. in San Diego—including an OCBA member, an Orange County law firm branch office, and a local law school dean. OCBA member Lindsey E. Martínez of Snell and Wilmer received a President’s Pro Bono Service Award (Recently Admitted), as did Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP’s Orange County office (Law Firm Branch Office). University of California Irvine, School of Law Founding Dean and Distinguished Professor Erwin Chemerinsky received the Bernard E. Witkin Medal, which recognizes someone who has helped to shape the legal landscape through an extraordinary body of work. For additional information, please click here. Additionally, the California State Bar’s Solo and Small Firm Section chose OCBA Board member Solange E. Ritchie of the Law Offices of Steven R. Young to receive the 2014 Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award. Please click here for more information.


Suzanne Viau Chamberlain to Receive Scoville Award

The OCBA is pleased to announce that Suzanne Viau Chamberlain of Chamberlain and Viau, a professional law corporation has been selected to receive the 2014 Harmon G. Scoville Award. The Scoville Award, which annually recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and who has contributed to the Orange County Bar Association and championed our constitutional system of justice, will be presented at the OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at the Promenade Event Centre & Gardens in Costa Mesa. For additional information about the event, please click here.


OCBA Members, Local Law School Dean Named “Top 100” Lawyers

In a recent special report, the Daily Journal named several active OCBA members and a local law school dean in its annual “Top 100 Lawyers in California” list. Congratulations to all who were recognized on this considerable achievement! Shown here: Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine, School of Law; Thomas V. Girardi, Girardi Keese; John C. Hueston, Irell & Manella LLP; Cary K. Hyden, Latham & Watkins LLP; Jennifer L. Keller, Keller Rackauckas LLP; and Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc.


OCBA Members Named Top Gun Award Recipients

OCBA members Brian K. Brandt, Sean M. Burke, and Heather J. Higson have been named 2014 Top Gun Trial Lawyers of the Year by the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. The awards will be presented during the 2014 Top Gun Trial Lawyers of the Year Awards Program on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at the Montage, Laguna Beach. For more information, please visit www.octla.org.


Coming Soon from Orange County Lawyer

  • The OCBA’s 2015 Secretarial Candidates
    Nikki P. Miliband and Solange E. Ritchie
  • Judge Douglas F. McCormick: Sitting on the Bench After a Career on His Feet—Whether he is standing, sitting, or jogging, Judge McCormick seeks to run his courtroom in a manner that is fair, just, and efficient.
    by Tiffanny Brosnan
  • 3D Printing: A New Technology Challenges the Existing Intellectual Property Framework—Could 3D printing put your clients’ intellectual property protections at risk?
    by Perry J. Viscounty, Andrew M. Gass, and Kyle A. Virgien
  • Ethically Speaking: Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Beware: Structured Settlements Can Sour the Attorney-Client Relationship—The rules of ethics can affect how and when you are paid.
    by Mary A. Dannelley

Get all this and more in the October 2014 issue of Orange County Lawyer!

Have an idea that you'd love to see in print? Review our writer guidelines and submit your article for consideration! We're always on the look-out for cutting-edge content relevant to the Orange County legal community. Interested in advertising in an upcoming issue? Please contact Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at 949.440.6700 ext. 123 or lbrown@ocbar.org and take advantage of your 15 percent OCBA member discount!


CRF-OC Seeks Volunteer Mock Trial Coaches

Here’s a way to have great fun and serve a great cause in the process! The Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County (CRF-OC) is looking for attorneys (working, retired, or just out of law school—anyone with a J.D. is qualified) to coach high school mock trial from September through December 2014. Several schools in the northern, middle, and southern portions of Orange County are in need of an attorney coach. If you’re interested in learning more, please contact CRF-OC’s executive director, Lori Berg, at 949.679.0730 ext. 102 or Lberg@crfoc.org.


California Lawyer Seeks Nominations for 18th Annual CLAY Awards
Deadline: Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

California Lawyer magazine is now accepting nomiations for the 18th annual CLAY (California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year) Awards. To be eligible, the attorney must be an active member of the State Bar of California whose work was completed or resolved between Nov. 2, 2013 and Nov. 2, 2014. The lawyer’s achievements during this time period should have had a significant impact on the law, the profession, a particular industry, or the general good of the public. For more information, please click here. Should you have any questions about the CLAY Awards, please feel free to contact California Lawyer Managing Editor Karmah Elmusa at karmah_elmusa@dailyjournal.com.


Make an Informed Client Referral with LRIS

When a client’s legal need falls outside of your area of practice, refer them with confidence to the OCBA’s Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS)—Orange County’s finest Referral Network and Non-Profit Community Service for over 55 years. LRIS attorneys have expertise in 35 areas of law. Each call is carefully screened, with each client receiving a free brief consultation to review their legal needs and discuss fees. You can refer your clients to LRIS by phone at 949.440.6747 or www.lrisoc.org for a qualified referral.


Post Your Jobs with the OCBA

Is your firm recruiting new talent? As a service to our members, the OCBA is always happy to post attorney job openings on our website. Simply send your job announcement including details on how to apply to OCBA Publications & Social Media Manager Lisa Brown at lbrown@ocbar.org. Are you an attorney in transition? Click here to browse the latest listings.


Renew &/or Add Areas of Practice to
Your OCBA Membership Directory Listing

Want to increase your visibility within the OCBA online membership directory? Consider adding your areas of practice and/or languages spoken to your profile! Adding a listing enables your fellow OCBA members to search for you by practice area, rather than by name alone—which could lead to increased referrals. Purchase your first listing for $25, and only $10 for each subsequent listing. Remember: Practice Area listings are on a calendar basis, so if you want to keep your membership directory profile up to date, you’ll need to renew any listings purchased in 2013. Click here to get started!

Law School Corner

Attention Law Students: Mentorship Opportunity with OCAABA

Each school year, the Orange County Asian American Bar Association Mentorship Committee offers a formal Mentorship Program for OCAABA's law student members. Student participants accepted into the Program will be matched up with an experienced OCAABA attorney member who will provide them with general guidance on the legal profession, including general lawyering skills and career development. The OCAABA Mentorship Committee will assist in the development of the mentoring relationship by providing both formal opportunities for the mentors and mentees to meet and network, as well as informal suggestions for engaging in meaningful dialogues and discussions. Applications are now being accepted for the Mentor/Mentee Program for the 2014-2015 school year. Please click here to apply online.


Chapman University Fowler School of Law Presents
Speed Mentoring with the OC Bench & Bar

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Chapman University Fowler School of Law, Room 237 A & B, Orange

Orange County law students as well as local attorneys with at least two years of experience are invited to participate in Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law's 5th Annual Speed Mentoring with the OC Bench & Bar. This is a great opportunity for students to network with their future colleagues and an excellent way for attorneys to share their professional experiences and help the next generation on the path to professionalization. To RSVP as an attorney mentor, please click here. Law students may RSVP by clicking here.


UC Irvine School of Law Reception Featuring Dean Erwin Chemerinsky

Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP Sky Garden Rooftop, Irvine

At this special event co-sponsored by University of California, Irvine School of Law and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Orange County office, Erwin Chemerinsky will present “UCI Law School at Age Six” and discuss his new book, The Case Against the Supreme Court. Please click here for additional information.

Community Projects & Volunteer Opportunities

23rd Annual Race for the Cure

Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014
Fashion Island, 700 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach

Join the Orange County Bar Association and the Orange County Women Lawyers Association “Raising the Bar” Team in its sixth year participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. You can run or walk the route, or even sleep in to support the cause! The OCBA/OCWLA Team will participate in the 7:15 a.m. 5k Run/Walk. However, members and their families may register to participate in any of the Run/Walks available. Funds raised support the Komen vision of a world without breast cancer. Download the flyer for more information or click here to register online.


OCBA & OCAABA Fall Food Packaging Event

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
The Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank, Garden Grove

Over 400,000 Orange County residents are at risk of hunger every month, of whom 42 percent are children. The OCBA Community Outreach Committee and the Orange County Asian American Bar Association invite you to assist the Community Action Partnership of Orange County Food Bank to help provide relief to those in need. Spend a morning packing and assembling food items into boxes for delivery to hungry families in our communities. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


A Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014
Intersection of Beach Blvd & PCH, Huntington Beach

The Orange County Bar Association and OCBA Young Lawyers Division Community Outreach Committees invite you to join the fight against Alzheimer’s at the world’s largest nationwide event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Participants of all ages and abilities are encouraged to attend. It’s easy to join our OCBA team. It takes just a few minutes to register online at www.alz.org. Pull up the team by searching for “Orange County Bar Association.” The team name does not appear in the team name scroll since we are not a national team, so you must enter it in the search field. For more information please download the flyer.


Pro Bono Opportunity: Bankruptcy Clinics

Volunteer your time at the weekly Chapter 7 Clinics held by the OCBA and the Public Law Center (PLC). For more information, please contact OCBA Public Services Coordinator Dana Mullin at 949.440.6700 ext. 110 or by email at dmullin@ocbar.org. Additionally, PLC is collecting donated reference materials for use by pro bono attorneys at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Santa Ana. To make a donation, please contact Leigh Ferrin at 714.541.1010 ext. 290 or by email at lferrin@publiclawcenter.org.

Featured MCLE

The Impact of Divorce, Death, & Taxes on Real Estate Holdings & Transactions
Presented by the Real Estate Law Section
**Space Still Available**

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Speakers:
Michael H. Gazin, Esq.
Phillips Whisnant Gazin Gorczyca & Curtin, LLP

Lisa O. Nelson, Esq.
Law Offices of A. Lavar Taylor

Martha Patterson, Esq.
Geisler Patterson Law

Moderator:
John A. Bergen, Esq.
Law Offices of John A. Bergen

Program Chairs:
Suzanne V. Chamberlain, Esq., Chamberlain and Viau, a Professional Law Corporation
John A. Bergen, Esq., Law Offices of John A. Bergen

Topics:

  • Understand what real estate issues may arise during a marital dissolution such as title claims, transmutation of property, property held in trust, family law liens and deeds of trust, refinancing, and death during dissolution
  • Learn how estate planning, elder law, probate, and Medi-Cal lien issues may affect real estate
  • Find out about potential tax ramifications of estate planning decisions, elder law, and probate issues on real estate and how to minimize tax impacts in those areas

Download the flyer for more information or register online.

Events

OCBA Fall Member Mixer

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014
Mastro's Steakhouse, Costa Mesa

Join your fellow members of the Bench and Bar for an evening of socializing and networking (don't forget to bring your business cards)! Always a popular event, this annual mixer features appetizers, refreshing beverages, door prizes, music, and more. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Charitable Fund Fall Fundraiser
Raise Your Glass II

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014
Big Canyon Country Club, Newport Beach

You won't want to miss this popular wine tasting and charity awards benefit. Attendees will enjoy culinary delights, live entertainment, a live and silent auction, and more as the OCBA Charitable Fund recognizes Rutan & Tucker, LLP as 2014 Law Firm Honoree alongside the 2014 Community Partner Honorees Chapman University, Fowler School of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law, Western State University College of Law, and Whittier Law School. Proceeds from the event will be used to fund donations to various law-related charities in the Orange County community. Click here to learn more about the OCBA Charitable Fund and its mission. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


OCBA Annual Volunteer Recognition Reception

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014
The Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

OCBA Member Volunteers are invited to a celebration honoring their dedicated efforts and community service throughout the year. Let us show our appreciation! A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Harmon G. Scoville Award to Attorney Suzanne Viau Chamberlain. The Scoville Award annually recognizes a member of the Orange County legal community whose career exemplifies the highest standards of the legal profession and who has contributed to the Orange County Bar Association and championed our constitutional system of justice. Download the flyer for more information or register online.


Save the Date:
2015 OCBA Judges' Night &
Annual Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

Mark your calendars for this very special evening, which honors the sitting judges of Orange County. Ashleigh Aitken of Aitken Aitken Cohn will be installed as 2015 OCBA President. The OCBA Officers and Board of Directors will be installed by Hon. Lon F. Hurwitz, Orange County Superior Court, as will the OCBA Charitable Fund Board of Directors. A highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Franklin G. West Award—the highest honor bestowed by the OCBA. Download the flyer for more information.

Masters Division

OCBA Masters Division Fall Reception

Monday, Oct. 6, 2014
Pacific Club, Newport Beach

Hon. David O. Carter, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, and attorney Mark P. Robinson, Jr., Robinson Calcagnie Robinson Shapiro Davis, Inc., will be honored by the OCBA Masters Division as "Legends of the Law" at a special reception set for Monday, Oct. 6, 2014 at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach. Please download the flyer for more information or register online.


Save the Date: OCBA Masters Division 3rd Annual Technology Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

You won't want to miss this opportunity to network with the best of Orange County's Bench and Bar while exploring new technological advances and their potential impact on your practice alongside industry experts. Download the flyer for more information, and mark your calendars now!

The OCBA Masters Division was founded in 2011 to serve the unique abilities, needs, and agenda of practitioners with 25 years or more tenure in the practice of law. The purposes of the Masters Division are to uphold the honor and dignity of the legal profession, apply the knowledge and experience of its members to promote the public good, and cultivate social intercourse among its members. For more information, please click here.

Young Lawyers Division

Are You an Attorney in Your First 5 Years of Practice?

Created to meet the needs of Orange County Bar Association members in their first five years of practice, the OCBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) brings new attorneys together through educational, community outreach, social, and sporting activities. For just $10 in annual dues, you get access to activities designed to help new lawyers adapt to their demanding profession, encourage early involvement in the legal community, and build camaraderie with fellow lawyers. Click here to learn more about YLD or download an application.

Upcoming MCLE Programs

Successfully Litigating Attorney Fees & Sanctions:
Practice Pointers from the Judicial Perspective
Presented by the OCBA Family Law Section

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
Grand Catered Events, Orange

Register online or download the registration flyer.

The Judges' Series: California's Unfair Competition Law
Presented by the OCBA and the Orange County Superior Court

**SOLD OUT**
Friday, Sept. 26, 2014
Orange County Superior Court, Santa Ana

The Impact of Divorce, Death, & Taxes on Real Estate Holdings & Transactions
Presented by the OCBA Real Estate Section

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

The Silver Tsunami & the Rising Tide of Elder Abuse & Exploitation
Presented by the OCBA Elder Law Section
Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014
Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

Register online or download the registration flyer.

Basic Guardianship Training
Presented by the OCBA and the Public Law Center

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

Register online or download the registration flyer.

**SAVE THE DATE**

Putting the "Civil" Back in Civil Litigation
Presented by the OCBA

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach

OCBA Trusts & Estates Section Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014
Promenade Event Centre & Gardens, Costa Mesa

U.S. Supreme Court Preview & Presentation of the
David G. Sills Award for Appellate Excellence
Presented by the OCBA Appellate Law Section

Monday, Oct. 20, 2014
The Pacific Club, Newport Beach

OCBA Mediator Disclosure Seminar
Friday, Nov. 14, 2014
OCBA Headquarters, Newport Beach

OCBA Masters Division 3rd Annual Technology Seminar
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014
Irvine Marriott, Irvine

From the Courts & State Bar

Lactation Room Availability for Jurors, Attorneys, Court Users

Whenever feasible, the Orange County Superior Court will provide a lactation room for jurors, attorneys, and court users who request such access. Requests for access should be made to the local Facilities Services Officer as far in advance as possible. Access to appropriate space is permitted Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and will vary based on availability of appropriate space. For additional information, please click here.


Notice of Allocation for Fiscal Year 2014-15

The Orange County Superior Court recently provided notice of the allocation it has received from the Judicial Council from the State Budget Act for Fiscal Year 2014-15. A series of documents have been made available to the public, which specify the distributions from the various state funds to the individual trial courts. For more information, please click here.


Judicial Council Names Martin N. Hoshino as Next
Administrative Director

The Judicial Council of California voted unanimously on Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014, to select Martin N. Hoshino, Undersecretary for Operations at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), as its next Administrative Director. Hoshino will begin work Wednesday, Oct. 1, the day after current Administrative Director Steven Jahr retires. “I am thrilled that Martin will be joining the judicial branch,” says Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, who chairs the Judicial Council. “He has served in the executive branch with distinction for 15 years and comes highly recommended for his administrative expertise and competence.” For more information, please view the press release.


Appellate Division 2015 Hearing Dates Set

The Los Angeles Superior Court recently announced its 2015 Appellate Division hearing dates. The Appellate Division’s 2015 hearings will be at 9:00 a.m. for infraction and misdemeanor cases, and at 1:30 p.m. for limited civil cases in Department 70, Room 615, Stanley Mosk Courthouse, 111 N Hill St, Los Angeles. Please click here for more information.


Los Angeles Superior Court Modernizes Telephone System

In September, the Los Angeles Superior Court will begin implementation of a Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) telephone system. The system debuts at the Inglewood Courthouse and juvenile court building on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, and will become operational at 33 other courthouses during the next 12 months. A Notice to Attorneys will be issued before each courthouse converts to the new telephone system. For more information, please click here.


Superior Court Civil Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project

Departments C6, C10, C12, C13, C14, C15, C17, C18, C21, C23, C25, C26, C31, and C32 of the Orange County Superior Court are participating in a Court Reporter Pooling Pilot Project. Official court reporters (i.e. court reporters employed by the Court) in those departments will be provided only for trials and other matters in which oral evidence will be presented. Official court reporters will continue to be provided for all hearings in the remaining unlimited civil departments, including civil complex departments. For additional information regarding court reporter availability, please click here.


Settle Your Case Quickly, Cost Effectively with Orange County
Superior Court's Civil Mediation Program

The Orange County Superior Court and others offer a variety of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes to help people resolve disputes without going to trial. ADR is usually less formal, less expensive, and less time-consuming than a trial. Through the Orange County Superior Court's Civil Mediation Program, each side in the dispute will pay only $150 to the mediator, which covers the costs of the mediator’s preparation and up to the first two hours of the mediation session. For more information, please download the flyer or visit the Court website.


California Supreme Court Appoints State Bar Court Judges

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, the California Supreme Court announced the appointment of Judges Catherine D. Purcell and Richard A. Honn to the positions of State Bar Court Presiding Judge and Review Judge, respectively. Judge Purcell’s term commenced on Tuesday, Sept. 9, the date on which she took her oath of office, and extends to Oct. 31, 2018. Judge Honn’s term will commence as soon as he takes his oath of office and extends to Oct. 31, 2020. For more information, please view the press release.


Request for Public Comment: Proposed Changes to Special Master Rules Regarding Eligibility Requirements
Deadline: Monday, Oct. 27, 2014

At its July 2014, meeting, the California State Bar Member Oversight Committee authorized a 45-day public comment period for a proposed amendment to the Rules of the State Bar, Title 7, Division 2, Rule 7.101, pertaining to special master eligibility requirements. The current rule requires that to be qualified to serve as a special master, an attorney must not have been disciplined during the preceding five years. The proposal suggests increasing this time period to the preceding “10” years. For more information and instructions on how to submit your feedback, please click here.


For more details and information, please visit the Court's website and the State Bar website.