California Lawyers Association

Solo & Small Firm Section

Updates and events from the Solo & Small Firm Section

The State Bar of California today informed the California Supreme Court that it is changing its interpretation of a statute to allow for greater transparency with respect to closed disciplinary complaints. Pursuant to this revised interpretation, the State Bar of California further informed the Court that it intends to disclose statutorily authorized information about closed complaints against disbarred attorney Thomas Girardi.   Read more
Hello and welcome to the Solo and Small Firm Section. This is my inaugural column as the incoming Chair for our section. Read more
It’s a common settlement term. Defendant will pay an agreed sum under an installment plan on specified dates. If defendant defaults, a larger sum is due as a stipulated judgment, to incentivize the payments. Read more
This month marks the end of my tenure as Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section. It has been my honor and privilege to serve in this role the last year. Read more
Does Civil Code section 1717 permit fee awards based on interim resolutions of contract claims, such as through an order granting summary adjudication? The answer is no, according to Chen v. Valstock Ventures, LLC (July 29, 2022, A161885) Cal.App.5th [2022 WL 3009418].) Read more
Mediation settlement agreements are versatile, ranging from one-page term sheets to long-form agreements. But could a shorthand “chart” prepared during the mediation qualify as an admissible settlement agreement? Read more
1 Participatory MCLE Credits This course will teach attendees about virtual legal practice, effectively managing a caseload virtually and maintaining client confidentiality.  The course will also briefly touch on effective calendaring while entirely virtual.  Speaker: Lindsey Corbin Register Here Member Price - $55.00Non-Member Price - $75.00 Lindsey Corbin, Founder of delegate.legalLindsey Corbin is the founder of,  a virtual legal support services firm, and a trademark industry expert with over 15 years of experience, encompassing time both in-house and at… Read more
The State Bar has published its digital annual report for 2021 spotlighting the agency’s accomplishments in a year that brought new leadership and progress on numerous initiatives furthering the agency’s public protection mission. Read more
At its meeting May 19–20, the State Bar Board of Trustees accepted final amendments to the recommendations of the California Paraprofessional Program Working Group (CPPWG). Read more
May a party to a settlement agreement later rescind the agreement by claiming she was forced by a third party (her attorney) to take the deal? The answer is no, according to Fettig v. Hilton Garden Inns Management LLC (2022) 78 Cal.App.5th 264. Read more

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