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California Bar Committee Publishes Venture Capital Sample Opinion

The Opinions Committee of the Business Law Section of the California State Bar recently published a sample opinion for venture capital financing transactions. In a sad testament to the lowly status of the California General...more

Health Law Alert: Top 10 Takeaways from Alessandra Swanson & MSBA HIPAA Discussion

On Feb. 13, the Health Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) sponsored an event on HIPAA enforcement in 2015. The MSBA hosted Alessandra Swanson of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health &...more

Delaware Prepares To Eliminate Fee-Shifting Bylaws And Charters

The Delaware State Bar Association is submitting new legislation that will prohibit the use of fee-shifting bylaws or corporate charters for litigation involving “intracorporate” disputes. ...more

New Arbitration Act Prepared

The Delaware State Bar Association has prepared a new “Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act.” The DRAA is designed to address the current problems with costs and delays that infect many arbitrations....more

Blog: No Surprises In Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council Proposals On Forum Selection And Fee-Shifting Bylaws

The Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council is proposing amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law that would address forum selection provisions, and, more significantly, the debate roiling the Delaware bar regarding...more

And the Academy Award for the Most Competent E-Discovery Counsel Goes To . . .

After all the jokes were told, the statuettes (both Lego and real) were handed out, and the speeches were made, one image stood out above the rest from this year’s Academy Awards: John Travolta clutching the chin of “Adele...more

FDA Lawyer Epiphany: Lawyers Helping FDA

So I had an epiphany last night—I was thinking about why more FDA lawyers do not get involved in helping Congress or FDA with developing legislation, regulations, and guidances to help FDA do its business....more

Status Updates - February 2015 #4

Blawg rules. The California State Bar has issued an opinion outlining the circumstances under which an attorney’s blog would be subject to the requirements of the California State Bar Act’s Rules of Professional Conduct...more

Former California State Bar Director Files Wrongful Termination Suit

Former senator Joe Dunn has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the State Bar of California, claiming that the organization fired him from his position as Executive Director after he reported various ethical breaches...more

Federal Court Strikes Florida Lawyer Advertising Rules

Finding that "naked paternalism" will not justify "protecting the public from truthful information," a Florida federal court held that two Florida Bar rules restricting attorney advertising violate the First Amendment to the...more

2015 News & 2014 Most Viewed CA Estate Planning & Probate Blog Posts

Season's greetings and happy new year! This is my last post of 2014. News: Elected to State Bar of California Board of Trustees - As recently reported at the State Bar of California website, three attorneys have...more

California State Bar to Undertake Second Revision of Rules of Professional Conduct

The California Supreme Court has returned to the State Bar 17 revisions to the California Rules of Professional Conduct that the Bar had previously submitted to the court. The court asked the State Bar to set up a second...more

State Bar, Environmental Law Section Presents Update on Fracking Regulations

The California State Bar, Environmental Law Section hosts an annual conference which welcomes attorneys and students from across the state to learn and discuss cutting edge environmental law issues. This year’s Environmental...more

Corcoran: Bar Associations Need to Stop Preventing Change in Law  [Video]

August 13, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Tim Corcoran, president of the Legal Marketing Association, talks with Lee Pacchia about a recent decision by the Texas State Bar to limit the use of non-lawyer professionals in the management...more

Public Comments to USPTO’s Preliminary Examination Instructions in View of Supreme Court Decision in Alice Case

As reported here last month, the USPTO recently issued a memorandum to the Examination Corps, entitled “Preliminary Examination Instructions in view of the Supreme Court Decision in Alice Corporation Pty. Ltd. v. CLS Bank...more

Report from the BHBA’s Review of the Three Bankruptcy-Related Supreme Court Decisions

The Beverly Hills Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Section recently held a program discussing the three recent bankruptcy-related Supreme Court decisions: Law v. Siegel (a case regarding surcharge, which was discussed on this...more

Securities Regulation Radar: Top Topics in New York

On July 16, the New York State Bar Association’s Securities Regulation Committee held a meeting to discuss three of the recent developments in securities regulation. The first discussion focused on the Supreme Court’s June...more

Do You Use Social Media in Your Practice?  [Video]

Will social media help your law practice? How do clients find you? And how do you find referral sources? CEB asked attendees at the 2013 California State Bar Annual Meeting about their use of social media....more

Bar Associations: Protecting Consumers or the Status Quo?

Some Bar Associations are behind the times. And some are challenged by the dual and potentially conflicting roles they play: one, to self-regulate the practice of law in order to protect consumers; and two, to protect the...more

Bar Associations Give Jobless Lawyers a Boost [Video]

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg Law) -- "Ironic" could be the theme of the current market for legal services: thousands of unemployed new lawyers, but even more potential clients who can't afford market-rate legal bills. Now bar...more

It’s All About Image

Recently, I received my new American Bar Association card in the mail. This is what the envelope looked like. Notice anything? To me, the first thing that stuck out was the transparent effort to show the “right” mix of...more

Unlicensed Practice of Law - Warning Signs

As our article from earlier this week demonstrates, immigration and the unlicensed practice of law often go hand in hand. It is a crime to practice law without a license in the United States. Unlicensed immigration...more

Attorney Fees Are Not Justified To State Bar

In Barry v. The State Bar of California, the California Courts of Appeal for the Second District decided a unique attorney discipline case arising under the SLAPP statute, Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16(c). The court...more

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