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San Francisco, September 07, 2009 — The 82nd State Bar Annual Meeting will be held this week in San Diego, offering more than 100 continuing education courses, a reception aboard the USS Midway and the swearing-in of the new president and five new members of the Board of Governors.

The meeting kicks off Thursday, Sept. 10, with a luncheon address by Katty Kay, the Washington correspondent for BBC World News America.

An opening night reception will be held in the Hyatt Manchester Exhibit Hall, where dozens of vendors will offer products and services. The President's Reception will be held later that evening aboard the USS Midway, with a four-acre flight deck spanning 50,000 square feet and an air wing of 256 restored helicopters and other aircraft.

Friday's speakers include William S. Haraf, California's Commissioner of Financial Institutions, and Stephen Fairley, CEO of the Rainmaker Institute.

A Night at the Museum of Contemporary Art, co-sponsored by the San Diego County Bar Association, the California Judges Association and the State Bar will wrap up the Friday events. California Women Lawyers will hold its annual dinner that evening as well.

Los Angeles attorney Howard Miller, who takes the reins from outgoing President Holly Fujie, will be sworn in as the bar's 85th president Saturday, and five new members will take their seats on the State Bar Board of Governors. New officers of the California Judges Association also will take their oaths of office.

For most attendees, MCLE credit is the draw, and the Annual Meeting offers low-cost, one-stop shopping for those in the market. Some 130 courses will be offered, beginning Thursday morning and continuing until noon Sunday. MCLE credit will be offered in all required subfields, and legal specialization credit will be available in appellate, bankruptcy, criminal, estate planning, trust and probate, family, immigration, taxation and workers' compensation law.

Offerings cover the full spectrum of legal practice, from transactional law to technology, from DUIs to domestic violence, from taxes to trusts. For troubling economic times, there are numerous courses addressing various financial problems: financial practice management in a down economy, alternatives to bankruptcy, 10 things to know about insolvency, and "When the Economy Gets Tough, the Tough Become IP Lawyers."

There are courses on privacy, trade secrets, immigration, copyright practice, office and time management, technology, attorney's fees, mediation and recharging a legal career. Timely topics like cyberspace law, new e-discovery rules, the federal legal landscape under the Obama Administration, global privacy and real property foreclosures will be the subject of sessions.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By September 2009, membership reached 223,000.