All California attorneys must provide an e-mail address to the State Bar beginning Feb. 1, 2010, under a new rule of court approved by the Supreme Court. Inactive lawyers over 70 are exempt from the new requirement.
Under Rule 9.7, all members of the State Bar must create an online profile through the bar's secure membership system. Currently, 150,000 lawyers already have done so and they need to do nothing further.
Insurance Disclosure Rule
Under a new Rule of Professional Conduct approved by the Supreme Court in August, lawyers who do not carry malpractice insurance must tell their clients- under most cirucmstances- that they are not insured. Rule 3-410 takes effect Jan. 1, 2010.