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State Bar extends lobbying contracts on short-term basis

February 21, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar has extended on a month-to-month basis its two outside lobbying contracts held by a husband and wife as the agency completes processes to award new agreements.

Judicial Profile: Joel Lofton

February 21, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) LA County Judge Joel Lofton teaches college, serves in the military, runs a brisk courtroom.

2017 Civic Learning Award Winners

February 16, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
More than 50 California public elementary, middle, and high schools are being recognized with this year’s Civic Learning Awards.

Questions linger over new court location

February 15, 2017 | Lake County Record Bee
For almost 10 years Lake County has been in limbo. It has been that long since a plan was first put in place to expand and improve the courtrooms — a plan that would remove the court from its current home on the fourth floor of the County building.

State Bar agrees to study passing score on bar exam

February 16, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required)Two State Bar committees gave their blessing Wednesday to the agency conducting a formal study of whether the score required to pass the California bar exam is appropriate or should be altered.

Federalism Is Your Friend

February 14, 2017 | California Constitution Center
Federalism allows state courts to disagree with their federal counterparts. Some say that this principle of state sovereignty is now more important than ever.

Judicial Profile: Glenn Mondo

February 14, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) For more than 13 years now, Orange County Commissioner Glenn Mondo has been waiting for the call.

US. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy emphasizes civil discourse

February 13, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy emphasized in a recent speech the importance of civil discourse in preserving America's democracy and national identity in a time of global tumult, and in an era when technology allows people to bypass traditional institutions and structures like the press and speak directly to the masses.

Judicial Profile: Timothy Weiner

February 13, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) "It's very hard to get a sense or the feel of a courtroom from a cold record," Weiner said of his previous work. "One of the best parts of this job is getting to serve as the fact-finder because I get to make those credibility determinations.
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