Highlights of the May 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles about the CA State Bar admission proposal, virtual law practice, trends in law and more.
Welcome to the brave new world of providing legal services. In case there is any doubt out there, let me assure you, the way legal services are purchased, how they are delivered, who provides them and how they are priced is undergoing a revolution
Change that we choose can be exhilarating. It can stimulate our imaginations with the promise of a better life. Change that is foisted upon us is another matter. The latter may instill resentment, discomfort, even fear. We can often anticipate the changes that the future will bring. Exactly how we will deal with them is less certain. But experience teaches us that deal with them we will.
The Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California charged the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform with examining whether the State Bar of California should develop a regulatory requirement for a pre-admission practical skills training program and, if so, proposing such a program for submission to the Supreme Court.
The California judicial system is in dire financial straits. A silver lining of the court funding crisis is that it has fostered greater collaboration between the bench and bar, as well as by attorneys on opposite sides of the ”v.,” to discover novel solutions to the formidable challenges created by the underfunded judiciary.
Perhaps the single most significant effect of the statewide reductions to court budgets, as they apply to civil, family and probate cases, is the inability of the courts to continue to maintain a court reporter staff for those categories of cases.
More demanding clients, new technologies and globalization are taking an irreversible toll on the traditional law firm business model. Consequently, newer business models are cropping up, a development which offers more opportunities but also more risks for lawyers willing to conduct business differently. This article explores some of the trends in the profession and how they have affected our strategies for our law practice.
The agent of change is the cost of legal advice and representation. The practice of law is going to change. We need to develop practices where clients seek the advice, experience or expertise that they cannot find online.
Virtual law practice is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to the traditional physical law office. It is clear, however, that lawyers practicing in a virtual law office need to comply with employment laws and the rules of professional conduct.
The best Inns Of Court presentations get all of its members involved. Instead of just having a group standing up performing for their adoring fans in the audience, the best groups make the adoring fans part of the performance. We proved this old saw one more time with a great “Legal Jeopardy!” presentation at the March 14, 2013, meeting.
Some attorneys either pay people to write good reviews or ask their dearest friends to rate their lawyering skills online. Thus, inexperienced lawyers who are savvy with social networking can have outstanding reviews and more seasoned, but less Internet-savvy, attorneys can have bad reviews and not even know about it.
The Women’s Section Annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction was held on April 11, 2013. This year’s event was dedicated to the Hon. Joyce Cram on the occasion of her retirement and for her service to the Women’s Section. Proceeds benefited the Hon. Patricia Herron and Hon. Ellen James Scholarship Fund.
The Barristers/Young Lawyers Section presented BRIDGING THE GAP on February 22, 2013. Please see below for photos:
The Solo Section meets for a networking breakfast the third Wednesday of even-numbered months. Free for section members. For more information, visit the Solo Section page at www.cccba.org.
Unlawful Detainer matters have been severely impacted because of the budget cuts. UD’s have been “farmed” out to several different departments within the Superior Court in Martinez, Richmond and Pittsburg. After the closing of the Concord Court, and Walnut Creek Court only doing traffic, it has put a strain on all of our summary proceedings.