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October 5, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The president of the California Judges Assn. assailed the state's lawyers Sunday for failing to join the fight against legislative moves to slash the state Supreme Court's budget and curb judicial authority. "It represents the decision to abdicate to others the preservation of the judiciary," Sacramento Municipal Judge Michael S. Ullman told the annual meeting of the State Bar of California.
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July 4, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Paul Zuckerman was sifting through resumes when he paused, "astounded," over a particularly strong applicant for a law clerk opening: Ivy League undergraduate, top-notch law school, legal work for two judges in Washington. Zuckerman's Los Angeles County firm handled personal injury cases - auto accidents and slip-and-falls. He figured the applicant, whose credentials marked him for a prestigious "white shoe" firm, had applied to the wrong place. Then he read the cover letter. Stephen Randall Glass wrote that he was a disgraced former Washington journalist.
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January 19, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The State Bar of California has recommended that attorney Brian Oxman, whose high-profile client list has included pop star Michael Jackson and the 1-800-GET-THIN surgery marketing company, be disbarred for several violations of bar rules. In a Jan. 13 order, the State Bar Court said Oxman should lose the ability to practice law because of dishonest and unethical conduct, including failing to advise the bar after he had been fined by a judge and commingling personal funds in a client trust account.
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January 19, 2012 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
The State Bar of California has recommended that attorney Brian Oxman, whose high-profile client list has included pop star Michael Jackson and the 1-800-GET-THIN surgery marketing company, be disbarred for several violations of bar rules. In a Jan. 13 order, the State Bar Court said Oxman should lose the ability to practice law because of dishonest and unethical conduct, including failing to advise the bar after he had been fined by a judge and commingling personal funds in a client trust account.
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May 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
James O. Heiting, a Riverside lawyer who has been instrumental in expanding alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs for attorneys, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Saturday. A partner at Heiting & Irwin, which specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury cases, Heiting, 56, will succeed former California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp. Heiting's one-year term at the helm of the 200,000-member organization begins in September.
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March 24, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The State Bar of California has declined to discipline a Los Angeles attorney who was accused of orchestrating a massive fraud in representing Nicaraguan banana workers in lawsuits against U.S. corporations, according to a document reviewed by The Times. Then-Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Victoria G. Chaney had referred attorney Juan Dominguez, a personal injury lawyer whose ads are ubiquitous on Los Angeles buses, to the state bar after she made findings that he was central in a scheme to recruit fake plaintiffs, coach them to lie about working on Dole-affiliated banana farms, and fabricate medical evidence.
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September 15, 2001 | MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange lawyer convicted of stealing from his clients to pay his gambling debts was sentenced Friday to eight years in state prison and ordered to repay more than $300,000 to his victims. After asking unsuccessfully to delay sentencing for two weeks so he could care for his ailing wife, who was also convicted in the thefts, attorney Leonard Basinger, 56, was taken into custody in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana.
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September 14, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Crooked lawyers have long besmirched the profession's image, but the scale of their involvement in the loan modification scandals plaguing California homeowners has taken an unprecedented toll, the incoming president of the State Bar of California says. The proliferation of complaints against lawyers who said they could help rescue clients threatened with foreclosure has hurt tens of thousands of people and confronted the bar with a mounting and costly disciplinary burden, said Howard Miller, a partner with the Los Angeles plaintiffs' firm of Girardi & Keese.
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July 4, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
Paul Zuckerman was sifting through resumes when he paused, "astounded," over a particularly strong applicant for a law clerk opening: Ivy League undergraduate, top-notch law school, legal work for two judges in Washington. Zuckerman's Los Angeles County firm handled personal injury cases - auto accidents and slip-and-falls. He figured the applicant, whose credentials marked him for a prestigious "white shoe" firm, had applied to the wrong place. Then he read the cover letter. Stephen Randall Glass wrote that he was a disgraced former Washington journalist.
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September 16, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Seitman is arguably the most important lawyer in California. He also is a nice guy. What's wrong with this picture? Loyal and low-key, Seitman has spent his entire 25-year career at one San Diego law firm. He is an avid San Diego Padres baseball fan and diligent Little League coach. He grew up in a small Illinois farm town and is given to country-fried aphorisms--for instance, that leading a group of lawyers through a difficult project can be "as hard as herding cats."
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March 24, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The State Bar of California has declined to discipline a Los Angeles attorney who was accused of orchestrating a massive fraud in representing Nicaraguan banana workers in lawsuits against U.S. corporations, according to a document reviewed by The Times. Then-Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Victoria G. Chaney had referred attorney Juan Dominguez, a personal injury lawyer whose ads are ubiquitous on Los Angeles buses, to the state bar after she made findings that he was central in a scheme to recruit fake plaintiffs, coach them to lie about working on Dole-affiliated banana farms, and fabricate medical evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Crooked lawyers have long besmirched the profession's image, but the scale of their involvement in the loan modification scandals plaguing California homeowners has taken an unprecedented toll, the incoming president of the State Bar of California says. The proliferation of complaints against lawyers who said they could help rescue clients threatened with foreclosure has hurt tens of thousands of people and confronted the bar with a mounting and costly disciplinary burden, said Howard Miller, a partner with the Los Angeles plaintiffs' firm of Girardi & Keese.
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May 15, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
James O. Heiting, a Riverside lawyer who has been instrumental in expanding alcohol and drug rehabilitation programs for attorneys, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Saturday. A partner at Heiting & Irwin, which specializes in medical malpractice and personal injury cases, Heiting, 56, will succeed former California Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp. Heiting's one-year term at the helm of the 200,000-member organization begins in September.
NEWS
October 5, 1992 | PHILIP HAGER, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The president of the California Judges Assn. assailed the state's lawyers Sunday for failing to join the fight against legislative moves to slash the state Supreme Court's budget and curb judicial authority. "It represents the decision to abdicate to others the preservation of the judiciary," Sacramento Municipal Judge Michael S. Ullman told the annual meeting of the State Bar of California.
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September 16, 1991 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Seitman is arguably the most important lawyer in California. He also is a nice guy. What's wrong with this picture? Loyal and low-key, Seitman has spent his entire 25-year career at one San Diego law firm. He is an avid San Diego Padres baseball fan and diligent Little League coach. He grew up in a small Illinois farm town and is given to country-fried aphorisms--for instance, that leading a group of lawyers through a difficult project can be "as hard as herding cats."
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October 14, 2002 | Richard Fausset and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
Angela Wallace started humbly enough, the daughter of a postal worker. She applied herself in school, and achieved. Wallace worked her way through law school and then paid her dues as a struggling young attorney in solo practice, taking her share of routine work, from drug cases to personal injury. She was bright, hard-working and personable.
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April 3, 2003 | Steve Berry, Times Staff Writer
A once-prominent attorney was sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday and ordered to pay nearly $1 million in fines and restitution for embezzling almost $300,000 from the sons of a dead police officer. In sentencing Angela Fawn Wallace, 42, to a term that is close to the maximum, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Samuel Mayerson rejected the tearful pleas of her 7-year-old son to put her on probation.
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