California Lawyers Association

The Solo Advisor

Articles from the monthly enews of the Solo and Small Firm Section

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
Can you believe we have made it through half the year already? In some respects this year seems so different from last year and yet so much the same. Read more
The State Bar of California and the Bankruptcy Trustee for the estate of Girardi Keese today filed a proposed stipulation agreement in federal court, which, if approved, will enable the State Bar to access critical records from the Trustee related to the State Bar’s ongoing investigation of its past handling of complaints against former licensee Thomas V. Girardi. Read more
Today the State Bar announced that 1,056 people (33.9 percent of applicants) passed the February 2022 California General Bar Exam—the first in-person exam since February 2020. If those who passed satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California. Read more
Most settlement agreements provide that the entire action shall be dismissed and the court shall retain jurisdiction under Code of Civil Procedure Section 664.6 to enforce the settlement terms. Read more
Fellow Solo & Small Firm practitioners – It’s been a disturbing few weeks here in the trenches of the legal profession. There is drama and potential overturning of legal precedent by the Supreme Court that should worry everyone involved in the legal field. Read more
When the Commission on Judicial Appointments meets on March 22 to consider the appointment of Justice Patricia Guerrero to the California Supreme Court, they will rely on the quiet and thorough work behind the scenes of an important body supported by the State Bar: the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE). Read more
At its March 24-25 meeting, the State Bar Board of Trustees set the organization’s direction for the next five years by adopting a strategic plan for 2022-2027. Read more

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