It is interesting to me to observe the many different legal issues that our office encounters on a daily basis. Often times those issues involve complaints from attorneys, more often however, those complaints come from the public about our judicial system.

It became apparent about four years ago, that the size needs of the association had grown to such dimensions that a new facility would be necessary…or constructing a facility on the SDCBA’s downtown property at Union and “B” Streets.

It was envisioned by many that the new bar building could be a community legal center housing the expanded needs of the San Diego County Bar Association, the Lawyer Referral and Information Services, and many other regional or specialty bar associations of interests.

Domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and the AIDS epidemic are concerns which are all too real and prevalent in the nation and in San Diego… One of these agencies is the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program (SDVLP), the bar association’s exclusive program for organizing and delivering pro bono services.

My father once told me when I tried to talk intelligently on a topic I knew little about, “better to be quiet and thought a fool son, than speak and remove all doubt.” He would remind me that to listen was to learn, to speak was to repeat only what you already know.

A few Fridays ago the San Diego Tribune covered a story dealing with the pro bono efforts of lawyers in San Diego County.

It sure doesn’t seem to get any easier these days in trying to run a law office. The size of the firm doesn’t seem to matter much either. Everywhere you look there seems to be another crisis that finds its economic way back to the firm or client.

An attorney involved in a 2-year-old battle over the estate of a San Diego woman has been ordered to pay $63,799 in sanctions to two charities mentioned as beneficiaries.

Jim Stiven looks forward to his ride home — no problem getting out of downtown, no stop-and-go traffic along the way, no crawl through “The Merge” at I-5 and 805 south of DelMar. When he leaves the Edward J. Schwartz Building at Front and Broadway in the late afternoon, the U.S. magistrate judge walks a…

Last year’s plebiscite campaign once again put the spotlight on California’s attorney discipline system, with members voicing concerns about its cost, efficiency, effectiveness and penalties. Most attorneys felt the system was still too slow, consumed too much of their bar dues, picked on the little guy and did not serve to adequately protect the public…