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Courts anticipate new round of cutscourt cuts

California’s legal community is bracing for another round of belt-tightening when the governor releases his budget Jan. 10. The question is how deep the cuts will go since a ballot measure to raise money for the state’s general fund fell short of erasing the deficit.

Pro bono program aids active military serving overseas

San Diego volunteer lawyers fill an important need for their military community. The work they have done has also benefited the court system.

Bar targets new breed of loan modification scams

In the face of a law enforcement crackdown, scammers who prey on distressed homeowners dream up new ways to deceive. The latest iteration of fraud involves bogus bankruptcy petitions. 

Feb. deadline for fee payment, MCLE compliance

Members of the State Bar have until Feb. 1 to pay their annual fees of $410 for active lawyers and $125 for inactive lawyers. Those lawyers whose last names start with A-to-G (Group 1) also have a Feb. 1 deadline to report completion of their 25 hours of Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE).

Law schools must meet new bar passage rules in 2013

Law schools risk losing California accreditation if they don’t maintain a cumulative bar exam passage rate of at least 40 percent.

Make a difference – volunteer through the State Bar

The Feb. 1 deadline to apply for appointment to the Judicial Council and dozens of other committees, boards and commissions is fast approaching. Find out how you can make a difference.