The popular blog, “Legal Ethics Forum”, posted their “Top Ten Legal Ethics Stories of 2011.” Coming in at number one on the list was “Contracting around Conflicts”, which was supported by articles that covered cases pertaining to conflict decisions and agreements between lawyers and clients on how to handle conflicts arising in the future. Professor Ronald Rotunda received a mention in this category for his article that “usefully gathers and catalogs situations where courts have permitted lawyers to hire separate counsel to handle some part of an engagement as to which the first lawyer had some conflict.” To see Professor Rotunda’s article, and to see what else made the Top Ten list, follow this link.
This July, one hundred and sixteen Fowler School of Law graduates passed the California Bar Exam, posting a remarkable 81% successful pass rate for first-time bar-takers from the school. Placed in context, this achievement is nothing short of exceptional: Of the 7,500-plus bar-takers this July, 49% failed the exam; new graduates from Californian ABA-accredited schools saw
In a likely first for an alumnus of the Fowler School of Law, Bryan F. Clavecilla (JD ’07) was appointed to serve as a judge in the Orange County Superior Court by Governor Gavin Newsom on January 29, 2024–filling the vacancy left by Judge Linda Marks’ retirement. Previously Clavecilla served as a Commissioner for the