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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Rizza Gonzales

Rizza Gonzales is a 2006 graduate of the University of Southern California where she graduated with degrees in Political Science, Sociology, and English Literature, she graduated from the University of California, LA, School of Law in 2009 where she received her JD and joined Century Law Group LLP upon graduation. Her top-notch education background coupled with her dedicated worth ethic has affected several winning results and has allowed Century Law Group to expand our representative...
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Is passing the California Bar Exam necessary for admittance to the Bar?

By Jane Becker and Lori King We may be in for some surprising, and controversial, changes. In early July, the SCCBA Board of Directors learned that the State Bar, and its Blue Ribbon Commission on the Bar’s Future, were considering eliminating the bar exam for some admittees by establishing a “non-exam pathway to a California license”. The Bar’s information on point is theoretical and fairly vague. It appears to be akin to an internship. After research and discussion,...
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An interview with Julia Clayton, founder and President of the The Lawyers Depression Project

By Lori King Julia Clayton had OCD episodes as a teenager and managed to power her way through school, and then college. During her first summer job at law school, working for a federal judge in Sacramento, her anxiety and obsessive-compulsive behavior was “off the charts”. She describes checking to make sure the night access pass was secure, “over and over again”. It became clear to her that she needed to address this issue and get...
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Craig Needham

Craig Needham is a founding partner with the firm Needham Kepner & Fish LLP. Born in Palo Alto, Craig graduated from Bellarmine College Prep, Santa Clara University, and Hastings College of the Law. After serving in the military, he worked for a plaintiff’s trial law firm in San Francisco for three years, before starting his own firm there, eventually moving his practice to San Jose. Along the way, he has gathered numerous honors including induction into...
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Access to Justice Series: Lauren Corman

By Lauren Corman of The Corman Law Offices To me, access to justice is not some undefined and broad concept.  It is something that continues to be relevant in our community, especially right now.  Last month saw the Supreme Court of the United States overturn Roe v. Wade and almost fifty years of precedent with their decision in Dobbs v. Jackson.  This has left many in the community feeling disempowered and like we could do little...
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Access to Justice Series: A Brief Reflection by Aaron J. Mohamed and Danielle deMartino

Aristotle considered justice as the best and most complete virtue. We should all be asking ourselves, how, therefore, does our community embrace this virtue? The term “justice” as used by Aristotle held two meanings: the first of which describes conduct in agreement with the law, and the second to describe equality. While our community strives to provide equal access and participation in the justice system, we must also see that our community answers to the law....
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MCLE Speaker Spotlight: Carol Langford

Carol M. Langford is a lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She specializes in giving advice on legal ethics and discipline to attorneys, judges, law firms and corporations, and in representing lawyers and law students before the California State Bar in disciplinary and admissions matters.  She serves as a national expert witness in the ethics area.  She was formerly a partner in the Walnut Creek office of the international law firm of Carroll, Burdick...
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Report from Quarterly Bench Bar Meeting: April 20, 2022

Rick Gazipura, SCCBA Director at Large and Bench Bar Liaison, submits his report from the quarterly Bench Bar meeting. 4/20/2022, BENCH BAR MEETING Update to the Portal system (Alex Calvo and Michelle Duarte) --Please check on Portal the morning of your hearing to make sure that have the right department. Changes can be made the morning of, so it is important to check. --There has been a major update to the online Portal system for security reasons. There are...
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Access to Justice Series: Jane Becker, Tax Attorney

Our federal tax system has, as its foundation, intricate laws not meant for middle and lower income taxpayers to easily comprehend (I'm not espousing Marxist philosophy, this is just the way it is.)  This includes the laws themselves, the required forms to report income, and the manner in which revenues are collected.  In a word,  both substantively and procedurally, our federal tax system is very difficult to navigate. Over the last few years, the IRS, which...
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Well attended Spring event at Hotel Paradox

This year’s Spring Fling was held at Hotel Paradox on Ocean Street with over 70 attendees including several area Judges who had an opportunity to meet and mingle over light refreshments and drinks outdoors. SCCBA board President Mark Johannessen gave brief introductions to the 2022 Board members and introduced board members who highlighted the Bar’s Membership, Lawyer Referral Service and MCLEs. Nominations for the Roland K. Hall and Access to Justice awards were accepted at the event. Event...
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