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January 7, 1998 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Concluding that Stephen Yagman mishandled various financial aspects of a case, a state bar panel has recommended that the controversial Venice attorney be suspended from practice for a year. The panel, expanding on a decision by a state bar court judge, found that Yagman had, among other things, failed to inform his clients of a settlement offer, "entered into an illegal fee agreement and collected an unconscionable fee," and failed to promptly pay clients their jury award.
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September 16, 1997 | JEAN O. PASCO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The State Bar of California has closed its investigation into Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi's prosecution of Assemblyman Scott Baugh, finding no evidence of prosecutorial misconduct as alleged by Baugh and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. The two Republican lawmakers from Huntington Beach asked the State Bar and Atty. Gen.
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August 20, 1997 | From a Times Staff Writer
Steven Nissen, a Los Angeles attorney who heads the nation's largest free legal-assistance operation, was named the State Bar's next chief executive officer, the agency announced Tuesday. Nissen, who earned his law degree at UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall, was a partner at one of Los Angeles' top law firms when, at 33, he quit to take over Public Counsel. At the time Public Counsel was a faltering operation.
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June 13, 1997 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Bar of California on Thursday recommended public reproval of Barry Scheck and Carl E. Douglas, two of the defense attorneys in the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, and advised Robert Tourtelot, a former lawyer for witness Mark Fuhrman, that Tourtelot's conduct potentially violated bar rules.
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February 5, 1997 | NANCY CLEELAND
The state attorney general's office and the State Bar of California are looking into complaints that Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi tried to blackmail a judge and violated professional conduct rules in his prosecution of Assemblyman Scott Baugh, who was charged with misreporting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign loans and contributions in 1995. Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren reportedly assigned a deputy attorney general to "evaluate and process" complaints made by Rep.
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September 25, 1996 | JAMES S. GRANELLI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County lawyer, sanctioned by courts three times in the last five years and disciplined by the State Bar of California, has been fined for filing the same bankruptcy case twice and failing to withdraw one of the petitions. Timothy J. McCandless of Costa Mesa said Tuesday that he will seek to vacate the latest sanction because he didn't represent the debtors in the case. He said he helped them prepare and file the petitions, but that they were supposed to act as their own attorneys.
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June 26, 1996
California's lawyers have voted to keep the State Bar as the organization that regulates their profession and lobbies on their behalf, the bar announced Tuesday. Nearly 65% of the lawyers voting statewide rejected a proposal to abolish the bar. Just over half of the state's 121,000 practicing lawyers sent in ballots. The vote was required by a law sponsored by state Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco), a leading bar critic.
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May 30, 1996 | JAMES TOWERY and LAURIE ZELON, James Towery is president of the State Bar of California and a partner with the firm of Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel in San Jose. Laurie Zelon is president of the Los Angeles County Bar Assn. and a partner in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster
Throughout its almost 70-year history, the State Bar of California has been independent and nonpartisan; it should remain that way. The primary functions of the state bar, the mandatory organization to which 150,000 California lawyers belong, are the admission and discipline of lawyers. Its system for disciplining lawyers is a model for the nation and more effective in protecting the public than any other professional discipline system in California.
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May 24, 1996 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Sparked by anger over compulsory dues to practice law, a plebiscite on whether to abolish the State Bar of California begins today when ballots are mailed out to 120,000 lawyers. The effort to dismantle the 70-year-old organization stems from legislation by state Sen. Quentin L. Kopp (I-San Francisco), who obtained passage of a bill requiring the nonbinding advisory vote and a state audit of bar finances. The state bar has a budget of $68 million a year.
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May 9, 1996 | From Associated Press
The State Bar said Wednesday it will investigate the leaking of an unfavorable report about Gov. Pete Wilson's latest state Supreme Court appointee and review the rules of its own judge-screening commission to see whether changes are needed. The bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, known as the JNE or Jenny Commission, came under attack by prominent conservatives last week for giving an "unqualified" rating to Supreme Court nominee Janice Rogers Brown.
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