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The Law School Bubble: How Long Will It Last if Law Grads Can’t Pay Bills?

For Andrea, a past decision to ensure her future in law has left her in a stressed and distressful present. Concerned over how it might affect her job prospects, she would not allow use of her real name. And there is reason for concern: She’s been laid off twice since her 2009 law school graduation, including from a position where she earned $20 an hour at a small firm practicing as a licensed attorney.

More Than Just Words: This Is What It Really Means to Talk Like a Lawyer

It was humiliating. The young lawyer had put in more than a hundred hours on the brief. He had a novel interpretation of the appliance safety act that he was urging his firm to adopt in an important case. One of his memos had caught the attention of their client’s chief counsel, who suggested a strategy conference to discuss the young lawyer’s position.

Listening is job one for new Bar Foundation chief

Sonia GonzalesBringing with her a deep understanding of disparities within the American justice system, Sonia Gonzales’ self-imposed goal as the new executive director of the California Bar Foundation is to listen. Listening, explained the former acting head of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, is key to expanding the universe of those who support the foundation’s mission to increase access to justice. Gonzales’ official first day with the foundation was January 17.

Do you know a good pro bono lawyer?

The State Bar of California is seeking nominations for the 2012 President’s Pro Bono Awards and the Loren Miller Legal Services Award. Both recognize extraordinary efforts to provide high-quality legal services to low-income Californians.

Happenings Feb 2012

The Lawyers Club of San Diego will mark “40 Years of Making Dreams a Reality” at its annual dinner, 5pm-8:30pm, Wednesday, May 16, US Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, San Diego. The keynote speaker is scheduled to be California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. For more information: Vicky 619-595-0650