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Message from the Chair

By Megan Zavieh

Welcome to the new bar year! It is with great excitement that I assume the role of Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Section for the coming year. I would like to thank Terry Szuczko for his leadership over the past year, through a time of great change with the State Bar, and for his mentorship as I take on this new job.

I have had the honor of serving on the Executive Committee of the Section for four years. One lesson I have learned in my time of service is that the need to reach our members in meaningful ways is of paramount importance; if you do not see the work of the Section as a benefit to you, then your membership is of little personal value. I firmly believe that membership in this Section is worth its weight in gold, so my number one goal this year is to reach each and every member in a useful way, to bring you value for your membership dollars. We will do this through programming, publications and discounts and freebies you may not have known come with your membership. Read more.

In the Know: Updates in the Law

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California Supreme Court

Real Property (CEQA)

Friends of the College of San Mateo Gardens v. San Mateo Community College District (2016) _ Cal.4th _ , 2016 WL 4978435: The California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal’s decision affirming the trial court’s decision granting a writ petition ordering respondent to refrain from taking further action adversely affecting the physical environment at a building complex pending respondent’s full compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Read more.

Update on Ethics

From Ethics Lawyer David Cameron Carr: Experienced Counsel and Representation In Legal Ethics and State Bar Matters.  His monthly newsletter is published once per month. Welcome to the Lawyer Ethics Newsletter for September 2016!

Legislature Adjourns Without Passing State Bar Fee Bill

The California Legislature adjourned on August 31, 2016, without passing a bill authorizing the State Bar of California to assess its fees from members for 2017.  The Assembly and the State Senate disagreed on reform measures in the Assembly Bill that were also opposed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Those reform measures would have changed the governance of the State Bar Board of Trustees to a majority of non-lawyer public members and created a task force to study so called “disunification” of the State Bar, separating its mandatory government regulatory functions from its voluntary trade association functions.  Following the adjournment, the State Bar announced that it would be asking the California Supreme Court to order an special assessment of fees from members to keep State Bar operations going. Read more.

Tip on Marketing and Writing

Someone once said, utilize your skill set to grow your law practice influence and clientele. Writing for blogs, journals, and websites will absolutely grow your influence, exposure, and clientele. If you can write, find ways to get your thoughts, legal insights, and words into the public sphere. Make the time and use that time to practice writing to grow your knowledge, exposure, and clientele.

Section Publications

The Practitioner (formerly known as Big News for Solo & Small Firms)

Dear Members: Our Section Magazine, The Practitioner (formerly known as Big News for Solo & Small Firms), is back as a quarterly publication. If you are a Section member, you should have been receiving our new and improved magazine. We are currently accepting articles. Please contact our new Editor-in-Chief Jeremy M. Evans at:

Jeremy M. Evans

Practice Books Available for Purchase

The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law Office

The California Guide to Opening and Managing a Law OfficePublished by The State Bar of California

As a sole practitioner or the head of a small firm, you must act as so much more than just CEO; you also must also wear the hats of Chief Financial Officer, Human Resources Director, Chief Technology Officer, and more. READ MORE

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law Office

The California Guide to Growing and Managing a Law OfficePublished by The State Bar of California

Growing a law practice can be a lawyer’s most rewarding and challenging professional experience. The goal of this book, is to make it less challenging and more rewarding. READ MORE

Ongoing Opportunities for Self-Study and Participatory MCLE Credit

Webinar: California End of Life Option Act (AB 15)

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance to participate.

The presentation will address: 

  • Overview of the law
  • Who is eligible to use this law, and what are the steps to using it?
  • What protections are in the law to prevent abuse?
  • What are the options and obligations of physicians, nurses, pharmacist, psychologists, other health care providers, hospice workers and social workers – to participate or refrain from participating under this law?
  • What are the options and obligations of hospitals, health care systems, hospices, health care facilities, Residential Care Facilities for the Elderly (RCFEs), skilled nursing facilities, senior living facilities – to participate or refrain from participating under this law?
  • What is the effect on life insurance or health insurance, if an individual requests or takes medication?
  • If a friend asks you to be there when they die, could you be held liable for anything?

Speaker: Lisa Klinger

CLE CalendarCalendar of Upcoming Events

A good source for webinars is the CLE Calendar in the California Bar Journal, showing all of the upcoming webinars from all of the Sections, as well as in-person programs.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Online CLE for Participatory Credit

Online CLEView Solo and Small Firm Section programs over the internet for participatory MCLE credit. Choose from hundreds of hours of official State Bar of California MCLE programs. To See Solo and Small Firm Section programs.

Self-Study CLE

Self-Study ArticlesOnline articles from Section publications are available for self-study MCLE credit. Each article is worth 1 hour of self-study credit. It's easy ... read an article and then take a 20 question quiz. The answers and justifications are available immediately upon submitting the quiz. You can earn up to 12.5 hours of self-study credit per reporting period. See Solo and Small Firm Section self-study articles.

Section Member Benefits from CEB!

As dues-paying members of the Solo & Small Firm Section, you are entitled to some special benefits from CEB. They include: READ MORE

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