Professor Kevin Mohr has been appointed to the State Bar of California’s Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services. The Task Force is charged with identifying possible regulatory changes to enhance the delivery of, and access to, legal services through the use of technology, including artificial intelligence and the delivery of legal services online. Professor Mohr recently completed work on a multi-year State Bar project as a consultant to and member of the Rules Revision Commission, which resulted in the first comprehensive changes in nearly 30 years to California’s Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers. The work of the Access to Justice Task Force is scheduled to last until December 2019.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen has been retained by the State Bar of California Office of Professional Competence as its Subject Matter Expert on the topics of basic lawyering skills and law practice management, including the use of technology in the practice of law, as part of the Bar’s development of a continuing legal education e-learning course. The course, which should roll out in February 2018, will consist of ten hours of content on attorney ethics, elimination of bias, competence, pro bono and civility, basic lawyering skills, law practice management and use of technology. The course will be offered to new attorneys who need to comply with the State Bar’s new practice management MCLE requirement.
On September 28, Professor Kevin Mohr participated in a three-hour panel presentation on Recent Developments in Legal Ethics, Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, sponsored by the Orange County Bar Association. Professor Mohr is former Chair of the State Bar of California’s Ethics Committee and currently serves as a member of the
State Bar’s Special Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
On September 30, Jennifer Koh spoke on a panel at the State Bar of California’s Annual Meeting entitled, ““22 Lewd Chinese Women: Immigration and the Inherent Underlying Issues of Discrimination.”” The panel followed a re-enactment of Chy Lung v. Freeman, an 1875 case about Chinese women being detained at the Port of San Francisco as “lewd women” because they were traveling without their husbands. The panel examined the issues of immigration and federalism, as well as the polarizing issues of sexism, racial profiling and human trafficking. Professor Koh was joined on the panel by the Honorable Elizabeth Lee (San Mateo Superior Court), the Honorable Ashley Tabaddor (Los Angeles Immigration Court), and civil rights attorney Kevin Kish (Director, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing). The Honorable Marguerite Downing (Los Angeles Superior Court) moderated the panel.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen recently has published a number of articles for various State Bar journals. “Risk Management for the Law Office Owner,” was published in E-News, the bi-monthly newsletter of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, in November 2015. In December 2015, The Bottom Line, the official journal of the State Bar Law Practice Management and Technology Section, featured Professor Pedersen’s article, “There’s A Thief In Your Office: The Hidden Cost of Non-Business-Related Internet Use and Texting,” bringing to ten the number of articles authored by Professor Pedersen and published in State Bar publications last year. Most recently, Professor Pedersen’s article, “The Wild, Wild West of PAGA Litigation,” was published in January 2016’s edition of the Big eNewsletter, the State Bar Solo and Small Firm Practitioner Section’s bi-monthly publication. The article discussed the unsettled nature of employment litigation involving the California Private Attorney General Act.
Adjunct Professor Neil Pedersen was asked to speak at this year’s California State Bar Annual Meeting, held on October 8-11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Professor Pedersen presented “Honing Your Client Intake Skills to Avoid Practice Challenges.” Through video clips of mock intake interviews, the program identified the most common causes of attorney-client discord and how to deal with them before problems erupt. Professor Pedersen also presented “Management Tools to Create Effective Law Office Employees,” which covered various approaches available to law firm management to encourage, train and provide powerful experience to firm personnel to grow the firm’s most critical asset–its people.
The State Bar of California has selected Adjunct Professor Jonathan Pink as a 2015 IP Vanguard Award Recipient. The IP Vanguard Awards honor outstanding professionals who are spearheading developments in the world of intellectual property. A partner of Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Professor Pink will be honored with his award, in the private practice category, at the 2015 Intellectual Property Law Section Annual Institute on November 12-13 in Rancho Mirage.