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The Charles Houston Bar Association (CHBA) is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit organization comprised of lawyers, judges, and law students throughout northern California.
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CHBA Election Results Thank you to those who came out to Saturday's general membership & election meeting. Congratulations to the newly elected CHBA Executive Board for 2015. President - Cometria Cooper Vice President - Andrew Houston Secretary - Joy Ricardo Clay Treasurer - Julian Dunn
If you're a new attorney, or have been in practice for up to ten years, and you're interested in representing the MBC on the Bar Association of San Francisco's Barrister Board for the 2015 year, please send a letter of interest with your resume to Lauren Young Epstein of the MBC at firstname.lastname@example.org by December 1, 2014. Please be sure to tell us about your past experience with the MBC and/or any of our participating bar associations, and why you're interested in serving in this capacity. The total time commitment for this position varies from four to fifteen hours per month, depending on ongoing MBC activities, and includes participating in BASF and MBC board meetings.
Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representative Application Now Open Through September 5 The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is currently seeking applicants to serve as Ninth Circuit Lawyer Representatives. Lawyer Representatives serve three-year terms and are responsible for planning the Northern District Judicial Conference, attending the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference and otherwise engaging with judges and lawyers at the district and circuit levels to improve the administration of justice. Applicants should be admitted to practice in the Northern District of California and be active in federal practice; be interested in the purposes and work of the annual Northern District of California Judicial Conference; be willing and able to contribute actively to the Conference; be willing to assist in implementing the Northern District of California's programs with the local bar; and constitute a fair cross-section of practitioners before the Northern District of California. For more information, please read the full announcement on the court's website and download the application. The deadline to submit applications is 5 p.m. on Friday, September 5, 2014.
August 8, 2014 SAN FRANCISCO — In the latest filing by an incensed student, a UC-Hastings College of the Law graduate has filed a proposed class action against the company whose software plagued bar exam takers nationwide late last month. Maya Dillard Smith filed her claim Thursday against ExamSoft Worldwide Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She is represented by attorneys from Keller Rohrback in Santa Barbara and Seattle and is seeking more than $5 million for testees. The suit comes on the heels of similar filings submitted earlier this week in federal courts in Northern Illinois and Eastern Washington. Bar exam takers who use a computer must purchase ExamSoft software to complete their tests, then connect to the Internet and upload the files. The controversy at the center of the complaint occurred on July 29, when would-be attorneys faced hourslong delays uploading exams. Some states extended filing deadlines because of the software malfunction. "When students buy a product that is meant to be beneficial to them and to make the ordeal of taking the bar exam easier, and instead it amplifies the stress level to a point that's off the charts, it's unreasonable to expect students to weather that storm," said Gretchen Cappio, a partner at Keller Rohrback. The company has refused to give refunds for the $125 to $150 software, claiming a "very strict no refund policy," the complaint states. According to the suit, Smith experienced delays but was ultimately able to upload her July 29 essays the following day. However, her software-induced problems continued on the third day of testing, when the program deleted more than 1,500 words of her essays. "It was as if Pac Man had been unleashed on her exam, eating each word, one after the next, slowly consuming the answers for which she had spent years preparing to write," the complaint says. Smith ultimately re-created as much of her work by hand as possible in the time that remained and did not attempt to upload that day's answers to ExamSoft. However, according to the complaint, when Smith connected to the Internet three days later, the software "inexplicably connected to the ExamSoft servers and uploaded her essay that was missing the 1500-plus words." Though a company representative told Smith that "there might be earlier versions of her essays that could be retrieved," she was later told that company policies prevented ExamSoft from making those earlier versions available. "Today, Ms. Smith has no idea whether the essays she wrote on the third day of the exam exist, and if they do, what they might contain," the filing says. "She has no idea if she may fail to pass the bar exam because of ExamSoft's extraordinary failure." ExamSoft's response to the situation will be "a business school case study in crisis mismanagement," Cappio said, noting that the attorneys are "calling on ExamSoft to own up to its mistakes and make this right." Smith is a public member of the state Commission on Judicial Performance, having served on the panel that disciplines judges since the state Senate appointed her in 2007. Contact the reporter at email@example.com. Copyright 2014. ALM Media Properties, LLC. All rights reserved.
Call to Action - Town Hall Meeting Today NBA Town Hall on Police Brutality In light of the recent and fatal events that took place in Ferguson, Missouri and Staten Island, NY, join President Meanes and other notable criminal and civil rights attorneys as we continue our discussions and finalize an action plan to be presented to the U.S. Department of Justice to bring an end to the injustice occurring throughout the U.S. During the annual convention held in Atlanta, President Meanes hosted a Town Hall Meeting on Police Brutality during which time a decision was made to send an open records request to the largest 25 cities in the United States seeking information regarding the number of unarmed individuals who have been killed and/or injured while pursued or in police custody. All National Bar Association Members are invited to join us for this important discussion which will take place Tuesday, August 12, 2014 | 7:00 pm EST | 6:00 pm CST | 4:00 pm PST Please CLICK HERE to complete the participation form You will need your NBA Membership ID Number to complete the participation form. Once you complete the form, you will see the dial-in number and access code to join the call. For additional assistance, please contact Terry Wiley at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and we look forward to your participation in this important matter!