Minnesota is a “sister state,” notes a recent written decision of the California State Bar Court. What that means is that California legal authorities will pay close attention to select attorney discipline proceedings there, as well as in all other states, which are similarly characterized.
No California attorney can reasonably be expected to perform for a client at a super-human level. Like everybody else, lawyers – even good ones – occasionally make mistakes.
It is eminently reasonable for any lay person in California to justifiably rely upon the knowledge, competence and good-faith representation of a lawyer retained in a legal matter.
A recent media spotlight placed on California attorneys and the rules that govern their conduct pursuant to professional practice notes that it has been decades since the last full revision of the state’s ethics rules.
Anyone with even a casual interest in the State Bar of California knows that that the officials and legions of workers employed by that entity have no time to spare.
The debate over the prospective fingerprinting of all California attorneys by April 30 of next year is not over.
Authorities with the State Bar of California obviously harbor some concerns regarding the integrity and past backgrounds of select attorneys. They have sought to address them with a massive program requiring the re-fingerprinting of every actively licensed lawyer practicing across the state.
A construction worker in one American state suffered on-the-job injuries at a worksite a couple years ago and expected to receive workers' compensation benefits as a result.
A senior executive with National Geographic was asked some visa-related questions a few years ago by American government officials concerning a British filmmaker working for the company in the U.S. The company official noted her repeated signature on visa renewal applications for the filmmaker.
A legal trend in recent years has been the increasingly common practice of law firms bringing in so-called "lateral" hires from competitors. The need to do so is twofold: first, to replace their own attorneys who have walked out the door and, second, to get fresh blood and experienced talent in place that can attract new clients.