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California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris sues to shut down 2 car donation charities

Posted By Administration, Thursday, December 3, 2015

The radio and TV jingles have bombarded Californians for years, urging them to donate their cars to help those in need.

Hundreds of charities now successfully solicit millions of dollars’ worth of cars — ostensibly to support groups that assist military veterans, seek to cure diseases and help the homeless, among other causes.

But car donation organizations give a much smaller portion of the donations they receive to charity than similar sorts of fundraising campaigns, spending nearly two-thirds on salaries for their own employees and other administrative costs, according to areport released Tuesday by the attorney general's office.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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California Bar Exam Results Reveal Worst Pass Rate In Nearly 30 Years — But It’s Not All Bad News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

We may not have gotten any Biglaw bonus news today, but recent law school graduates on the West Coast received a gift that was almost as good. The results of the July 2015 administration of the California bar exam have been released. While the actual results were scheduled for mailing today, test-takers can hop online right now to see if their names are on the pass list.

Given the stark decline in bar passage rates nationwide, many have been waiting with anticipation to see if California’s passage rates for the July 2015 exam would take a nosedive the likes of which had never before been seen. After all, California already has the nation’s most difficult bar exam, with notoriously low passage rates year after year; it was almost expected that test-takers would suffer fates similar to their colleagues across the country.

Were California’s bar examinees in July 2015 “less able” than their predecessors?

Read the whole story at Above the Law

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State may vote again next November on death penalty ban

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Californians may be asked again to repeal the state’s delay-plagued death-penalty law in November, four years after narrowly retaining the law.

State election officials on Friday cleared a new initiative for circulation that would ban executions in California and make life imprisonment without parole the mandatory sentence for all capital murderers, including the nearly 750 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest Death Row.

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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Women and Blacks Make Little Progress at Big Law Firms

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Women and blacks have made almost no headway in recent years in increasing their ranks at major United States law firms, according to the latest data from the National Association for Law Placement.

The organization’s annual compilation of legal employer data shows that although women and minorities made small gains at the level of law firm partner this year, the overall percentage of women associates, or entry-level lawyers, dropped in the last five years, and the percentage of African-American associates has declined every year since 2009.

“It’s troubling to see the numbers for women and African-American associates seemingly reversing course,” said James G. Leipold, the association’s executive director. This year, he said, “marks the sixth year of decline in representation of black associates and, while the percentage decrease is small, the overall number itself was small to begin with, so any decline is significant, and the trend is distressing.”

Read the whole story at New York Times

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UC-Hastings Dean to Leave Post at Year's End

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Frank Wu is stepping down from his role as chancellor and dean for UC-Hastings College of the Law. Wu will officially leave his post on Jan. 1, 2016. In a joint statement sent to the school community Thursday afternoon and signed by the general counsel, officials said they are working to build an "interim leadership team" until a replacement can be found.

Wu leaves his post in the middle of the academic year and just one year after his appointment as dean was renewed through 2020.

Wu's tenure has been marked by continued slippage in the school's U.S. News & World Report rankings. Once ranked 19th, back in 1992, the school was No. 42 in 2010, the year Wu became dean. In 2013, it ranked 43rd. In 2014, 54th. And 2015, 59th.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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Two from Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office appointed as judges

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two public defenders to become judges in the Santa Clara County Superior Court.

San Jose residents Jose Franco, 42, and Nona Klippen, 59, have both served extensively in the Santa Clara County Public Defender's Office over the past several years.

Franco most recently served as supervisor of the Juvenile Justice Unit in the public defender's office and has served as a deputy public defender since 2000, according to a news release from Brown's office. He received a law degree from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of art's degree from Boston College. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James P. Kleinberg, the release stated.

Read the whole story at Mercury News

 

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Ethic panel gives judges the OK to work with Boy Scouts again

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A state judicial ethics panel says judges in California can work with Boy Scout troops now that the youth organization has rescinded its long-standing ban on gays and lesbians as Scout leaders.

The state Supreme Court’s Ethics Advisory Committee had voted last year to repeal the Scouts’ longtime exemption from antidiscrimination rules in California’s judicial ethics code.

The vote, confirmed unanimously by the court, meant that judges affiliated with the Boy Scouts as of Jan. 21, 2016, would be acting unethically and face possible removal from office.

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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Sacramento DA releases information on offenders released early

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced Monday that her office would start posting on its website the names and criminal histories of second-strike offenders released early from prison, felons who the county’s top prosecutor says still pose a threat to residents.

“It’s important for the public to be aware of these so-called nonviolent offenders … as many of them pose a danger to our community,” Schubert said in a statement announcing the move.

“We want to give information that we believe people are entitled to – who is being released in the community. Let’s tell the public the truth,” said later in the day.

Read the whole story at SacBee

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Fatal San Francisco dog maul case: Court appears divided

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A federal appeals court on Monday appeared torn over whether to overturn a San Francisco woman's murder conviction for a fatal 2001 dog mauling of a neighbor whose death attracted national attention.

During about 30 minutes of legal sparring in a San Francisco courtroom, a three-judge 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sent mixed signals on the appeal of Marjorie Knoller, serving 15 years to life in prison in connection with the fatal dog mauling of Diane Whipple, a 33-year-old Saint Mary's College women's lacrosse coach.

Read the whole story at Inside Bay Area News

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As fewer Californians pass the bar, are LSAT scores an early indicator of success?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Already faced with one of the lowest bar passage rates in the country, California students and academics shouldn't expect those statistics to improve over the next several years, according to a new study that examines the link between standardized test scores and bar passage rates.

In July 2014, only 48.6% of test-takers passed the California bar; nearly 8,500 took it. Historically, the state has one of the hardest to pass bar exams in the nation, but last summer was the first time in almost a decade that the success rate fell below half.

"It's not going to get better," said Kyle McEntee, executive director of Law School Transparency, the advocacy group that conducted the study. "If anything, it's going to get worse."

Read the whole story at LA Times

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