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May 30, 1998 | From Associated Press
Gov. Pete Wilson, whose veto last fall has brought the State Bar to the brink of bankruptcy, proposed letting it survive Friday but ending lawyers' self-regulation by having his successor appoint their leaders. Joined by the Legislature's leading opponents of the bar, Wilson endorsed a plan that would drastically reduce lawyers' dues and change their governance from a board elected mostly by lawyers to one appointed by the next governor and legislators.
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April 30, 1998 | MAX VANZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The State Bar on Wednesday stopped accepting most new complaints from the public against unscrupulous lawyers, saying that its standoff with Gov. Pete Wilson over bar dues had left the organization practically broke. "We have, in essence, lost 90% of our funding," forcing the suspension of the service, said the bar's chief prosecutor, Judy Johnson. Only complaints that could lead to disbarment or serious suspension would be flagged for further investigation, she said.
NEWS
April 28, 1998 | From Associated Press
The State Bar of California, fast running out of money, has sent layoff notices to nearly 500 employees, more than three-quarters of its work force. Most of the layoffs will become effective June 26 if a stalemate over the bar's funds is not resolved first; other layoffs are effective July 10. The agency also is on the verge of shutting down its consumer complaint hotline and will not process new cases, Executive Director Steve Nissen announced Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1998 | JANET WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At age 74, Benjamin Fred Roll had been able to get his arms around pretty much everything life presented him: World War II battlefields, Appalachian oil fields and the raising of eight children. But one thing kept eluding him: passing the California bar exam. Thirteen times, Roll, a retired lieutenant colonel and real estate agent, failed the grueling three-day test. On the 14th try, he used a different approach for tackling the lengthy essays. "My whole life, I'd say, 'You got a problem?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
November 5, 1996 | From Associated Press
The State Bar of California is urging law firms to offer health benefits to same-sex couples and to take other steps against discrimination based on sexual orientation. "This is the first state bar association that's taken a step like this," Los Angeles attorney Wayne Braveman, chairman of the bar's Committee on Sexual Orientation Discrimination, said last week. A state law that took effect in 1993 prohibits employment discrimination against homosexuals.
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