(Subscription required) The Legislature is considering whether the State Bar should reorganize so it will continue as the administrative arm of the California Supreme Court to oversee the regulatory functions mandated by the State Bar Act and Supreme Court rules, but split off its voluntary association of attorneys, which is made up of the State Bar sections.
Once again, calls to "de-unify" the bar have grown louder, including voices in the legislature, which determines the bar's budget. To most, de-unification means taking discipline away from the State Bar.
(Subscription required) The State Bar's backlog of complaints filed against attorneys declined by nearly 25 percent in 2015 compared to the year prior, according to the agency's annual discipline report.
(Subscription required) While Jayne Kim will be stepping down as the State Bar's chief trial counsel next week, she is far from through with litigation featuring allegations critical of her time at the agency.
Lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the State Bar of California, comparing the agency to a sinking ship and equating bar leaders' repeated promises of change to the cartoon character Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown once again.
(Subscription required) The bar task force studying the agency's structure and governance also was urged to take steps to limit antitrust liability for the agency in the aftermath of a 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision.