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January 21, 1996 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Children's Hospital in Orange had an urgent legal problem last November, it turned to Steve Nissen's office, where the service is good and the price more than reasonable. Nissen still looks every inch the high-price attorney, but he isn't one anymore. He heads Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, and cases such as Children's Hospital's are right up his alley.
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March 2, 1999 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The head of the beleaguered State Bar of California announced Monday that he will leave the lawyer licensing agency to join Gov. Gray Davis' administration. The departure of bar Executive Director Steve Nissen comes just as the bar is attempting to restore its lawyer discipline system, which shut down last summer but is being revived as a result of emergency intervention by the California Supreme Court. The bulk of bar spending usually goes toward policing lawyers.
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March 2, 1999 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The head of the beleaguered State Bar of California announced Monday that he will leave the lawyer licensing agency to join Gov. Gray Davis' administration. The departure of bar Executive Director Steve Nissen comes just as the bar is attempting to restore its lawyer discipline system, which shut down last summer but is being revived as a result of emergency intervention by the California Supreme Court. The bulk of bar spending usually goes toward policing lawyers.
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December 3, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono legal assistance program, appointed a new chief executive officer and general counsel in Los Angeles on Tuesday--Israeli-born attorney Daniel Grunfeld. The 38-year-old attorney was named to replace former Executive Director Steven A. Nissen, who stepped down earlier this year to become the executive director of the State Bar Assn.
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December 3, 1997 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono legal assistance program, appointed a new chief executive officer and general counsel in Los Angeles on Tuesday--Israeli-born attorney Daniel Grunfeld. The 38-year-old attorney was named to replace former Executive Director Steven A. Nissen, who stepped down earlier this year to become the executive director of the State Bar Assn.
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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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April 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
The State Bar Board of Governors appointed attorney Judy Johnson as the bar's new chief executive officer, the first woman to hold the position in the organization's 73-year history. Johnson, 51, has been the bar's chief trial counsel since 1994. She is also a former member of the bar's Board of Governors. Johnson replaces Steve Nissen, who left the post in March 1999 after he was appointed special assistant to Gov. Gray Davis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1996
I applaud California Chief Justice Ronald M. George's call for greater volunteerism from attorneys (Oct. 20). The Los Angeles Free Clinic has been providing legal services to people with nowhere else to turn for nearly 30 years. We assist about 1,000 people each year with simple, uncontested divorces, bankruptcies, immigration issues and responses to summonses. We are able to do all this with a relatively small volunteer commitment: 35 lawyers providing about three hours a month apiece.
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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.
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April 1, 1991 | KEVIN ALLMAN, Special To The Times
The country's largest pro-Bono public-interest law firm, Public Counsel, held its 15th-annual William O. Douglas award dinner Thursday night in Beverly Hills. The recipient of this year's award was Alex Haley, the author of "Roots" and the man who conducted ground-breaking interviews on race in the 1960s with the likes of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and American Nazi Party leader George Lincoln Rockwell.
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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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January 21, 1996 | BETTIJANE LEVINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Children's Hospital in Orange had an urgent legal problem last November, it turned to Steve Nissen's office, where the service is good and the price more than reasonable. Nissen still looks every inch the high-price attorney, but he isn't one anymore. He heads Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, and cases such as Children's Hospital's are right up his alley.
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April 19, 1995 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In what must have been the largest gathering of lawyers in Los Angeles without a member of the O.J. defense team present, Public Counsel celebrated its 25th anniversary Monday at the Century Plaza. A homogeneous expanse of gray- and black-suited men and women filled the Los Angeles Ballroom. "It feels like a party for lobbyists in Washington," said one woman from the entertainment industry. "I always wear my most conservative clothes when I go there, and I always end up feeling like a floozy."
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