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The California Lawyers Say It’s So…

April 10th, 2007

Today, in the mail, I received two very important letters.

The first informed me that a settlement has been reached in the case of Rodriguez, et al. v. West Publishing Corp., d/b/a BAR/BRI, and Kaplan, Inc. For those following along at home, I’m “et al.” Turns out BAR/BRI has been engaged in a little anti-trust no no resulting in a class action. And since no class is sufficiently classy without me, I was asked to tag along. There is $47 million in an escrow account which the lawyers get first crack at (to all you class action nay-sayers… those lawyers are welcome to their share in my opinion. I didn’t have to lift a finger, will be getting some money back, and BAR/BRI is going to stop the antitrust behavior. Not a bad outcome for such an “inefficient” system). Then us plaintiffs get our share of the remainder, pro rated, based on the fee we paid. The pool includes all BAR/BRI customers in all states from 1997 – 2006, but since California’s bar is one of the most expensive and the fee increased each year, my pro rata should be exceptionally pro, if you know what I mean. The award can be as much as 30% of my fee… which would be nearly $1000.

The other letter, this one from a different group of lawyers, wrote to tell me I am a moral person. It’s strange to get a letter from lawyers saying, “yes good sir, you are moral enough to be one of us,” but there it is. I posted it on my refrigerator with my new shiny UW Alumni Magnet (it says I’m an Alumni by the power vested in the UW Alumni Board of Trustees… what power do you suppose that could be? The power to ask for money on a bimonthly basis?)

So, that completes the final hurdle to becoming a licensed lawyer in the State of California: Ethics Bar, check; Bar Exam, check; moral character evaluation, check; ridiculous application fee, check. The only thing left is for the Supreme Court to complete the paperwork and send me a form asking for dues. That’s right, my very first act as a licensed lawyer will be to pay yet more dues.

Now if only I had one of those fancy law jobs so I could afford to pay ‘em. I suppose I do have that settlement money coming…

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  1. Jonathan
    April 10th, 2007 at 19:20 | #1

    Congrats, Sean. Welcome to the Club (soon).

    Jonathan Kramer, Esq.
    Kramer Telecom Law Firm, P.C.
    (Los Angeles)

  2. Jonathan
    April 10th, 2007 at 19:23 | #2

    By the way, you may find yourself waiting a few more weeks before receiving the swearing-in package from the Bar. The CarBar website lists all of the groups of persons permitted to swear you in (judges, notary publics, legislators, etc.)


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