California Bar Journal
CBJ - June 2012 #07.
Happenings June 2012
The California LawyerJune 2012Happenings June 2012The San Mateo County Bar Association's unique program for providing lawyers for low-income criminal defendants has won a national award from the American Bar Association.
Many counties staff their own public defender offices, but San Mateo's 43-year-old county-funded program makes private attorneys available at no cost to defendants.
Executive Director John Digiacinto will accept the Harrison Tweed Award at the American Bar Association annual meeting in August.
The program was nominated for the award by the head of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, which has created two private defender offices using San Mateo County's model.
Members of the Orange County Bar Association's Community Outreach Committee will volunteer at a pet adoption event June 3 at Irvine Animal Care Center.
The center's mission to find homes for as many pets as possible, spread awareness of shelters and homeless animals and highlight the importance of spaying and neutering pets. Volunteers will help vendors unload their vehicles and deliver items and animals to their booths.
More information, including volunteer registration, is available on the association's web site.
The San Joaquin County Bar Association sponsored a Law Day program that allowed 1,600 eighth-graders to have a live, candid conversation with inmates from Chowchilla Women's Prison and Folsom Prison.
The unique program was...