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Annual bar fee statements available soon

Last month, the California Supreme Court authorized the collection of fees for active attorneys for 2017. Fee statements are in the works and will be available online beginning Dec. 7. Meanwhile, attorneys should check that they have provided an accurate email address to the State Bar as the bar moves toward electronic billing.

Kern County prosecutor faces discipline for faking confession

A Kern County prosecutor who falsified a confession, leading a court to drop all charges against an accused child molester, faces a one-year suspension of his law license for his misconduct.

Judge’s ruling protects bar applicants’ personal information

The State Bar won’t be required to release bar applicants’ personal information – including race, law school grade-point average, LSAT and bar exam scores, a judge ruled last month.

Two State Bar Court judges take bench in LA

The State Bar Court welcomed two new judges to its hearing and review departments in Los Angeles last month, including one who saw firsthand the effects of notario fraud in her previous job.

Bar exam pass rate dips again

The 43 percent pass rate for those who took the July bar exam was the lowest since 1984. In all 3,332 people passed the test, making them eligible to practice law in California as long as they meet other qualifications for admission.

Tips for enjoying happy, sober holidays

A recent survey revealed that as many as one in three lawyers is a problem drinker. For those in recovery, the holidays can be a difficult time. Here are some tips for coping. The State Bar also has a support program.