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PLI's California MCLE Marathon 2012: Current Developments in Legal Ethics - Substance Abuse - Elimination of Bias in the Profession

Author(s): Merri A. Baldwin, Randall Difuntorum
Practice Area: Ethics/Professional Responsibility
Published: Dec 2012
ISBN: 9781402419034
PLI Item #: 34101
CHB Spine #: H899

Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in San Francisco, where her practice focuses on attorney liability and commercial litigation. She handles claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as motions to disqualify and for sanctions. She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues. She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience handling attorney-client fee disputes. Ms. Baldwin is a past chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She is a co-chair of the Legal Malpractice subcommittee for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Services Litigation. Ms. Baldwin served as the President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2017. Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches professional responsibility. Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and has served as a consulting editor for the Attorney Fee Agreement Forms Manual, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, California. Prior to law school, Ms. Baldwin was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.


J.D., University of California at Berkeley,
School of Law (Boalt Hall)

B.A., Smith College
Magna Cum Laude with high honors

Randall Difuntorum is the Director of Professional Competence for the State Bar of California.  Mr. Difuntorum oversees: the State Bar’s Ethics Hotline; the Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility & Conduct; the Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct; the Annual Statewide Ethics Symposium; the Harry B. Sondheim California Professional Responsibility Award; the Ethics Information area of the State Bar’s website; the California Compendium on Professional Responsibility; and the Handbook on Client Trust Accounting for California Attorneys.  Mr. Difuntorum has served as an adjunct at Golden Gate University School of Law and has been a speaker on attorney professional responsibility for the American Bar Association Center on Professional Responsibility, the State Bar of California, local and specialty bar associations, and other bar groups.