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Welcome to the Official Blog of Simas & Associates, Ltd. Below, please find recent postings from our firm in regards to items of interest concerning our law firm, our cities, state, and nation, and our legal practice areas and service. We try to update frequenty, so check back often.

State Bar is Considering Significant Changes to MCLE for Attorneys

The State Bar is proposing significant changes to its Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCBE) program. These proposed amendments would increase the educational requirement from 25 to 36 hours every 3 years, and modify the specialty credit requirements. There still will be 4 hours required in legal ethics, but an additional 4 hours will be required […]

CDPH Issues Penalties to Ten Hospitals

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) issued ten penalties on August 15, 2013 to California hospitals along with fines ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per hospital and totaling $675,000.  The following hospitals received penalties: Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, Alameda County Barlow Respiratory Hospital, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Desert Valley Hospital, Victorville, […]

Ten Tips for Conducting Workplace Investigations

Workplace investigations are becoming a more and more regular task for Human Resource Departments for businesses, big and small.  Yet, no matter how commonplace they have become, there is still an art to doing it correctly.  First and foremost, it is important that they are conducted neutrally and consistently, no matter the accuser or accused. […]

CalPERS Names New Division Chief

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has named Sabrina Stroud as the Division Chief for the organization’s Enterprise Strategy and Performance Division. She will begin her new role at CalPERS on August 19, 2013. Stroud brings with her nearly 10 years of State of California management experience. She currently is an Assistant Division Chief […]

Department of Insurance has Broad Definition of “Substantially Related to Profession”

Department of Insurance (DOI) licensees are often surprised to learn that their seemingly-personal-and-unrelated-to-their-profession criminal matter, is in fact one upon which they can get dinged for license discipline.  Often, they just do not believe that their conviction was related to their profession.  For example, what does a disturbing the peace conviction have to do with […]

Medical Board of California … Survives!

Senate Bill 304, the California Medical Board sunset legislation, was meant to be the vehicle for broad reform of the doctor discipline system in California. Last minute amendments on August 12, 2013, eliminated a key enforcement reform that would have moved all staff investigating dangerous doctors into the Department of Justice. The bill now moves […]

Recommendation – Don’t Be that Attorney

We often read or get passed articles and blog entries relevant to our profession of practicing law.  Every once in a while, one of these articles is worthwhile to link to and comment on. This morning, our office found the following entry from The Practice of Law Blog.  It is a well-written article that provides […]

Scope of Professional Liability Insurance

As a leader in Professional Licensing Law, Health Care Law, and Malpractice Defense Law, most of our clients come to us with professional liability insurance. Professional liability insurance, which is also called Errors and Omissions insurance (E&O) or Malpractice insurance, is type of insurance which provides insurance coverage for liability caused by acts, errors, or […]

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