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State Bar panel warns against immigrant status rule

January 23, 2018 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) A State Bar ethics committee recommended against the agency’s board adopting a proposed rule of professional conduct that would limit when attorneys could disclose a person’s immigration status in criminal and civil cases.

State Bar in line to receive $3.5 million surplus

January 17, 2018 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) An appellate court justice recently backed the State Bar’s request that he release a $3.5 million surplus from last year to the agency for spending on its attorney discipline system.

Opinion: The evolution of the State Bar

December 15, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The State Bar of California was created by the California Legislature in 1927 with the State Bar Act (Business and Professions Code, Section 6000 et seq.). The State Bar is a public corporation -- not an association -- formed to fix qualifications for the admission to practice, adopt rules of professional conduct, and conduct disciplinary proceedings (all with the approval of the Supreme Court).

State Bar to reconsider change in exam pass rate calculation

December 13, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The Committee of Bar Examiners is reconsidering its decision earlier this year to change how it calculates the California bar exam pass rate in a way that slightly increases the figure.

State Bar review of examiners committee sparks conflict

December 06, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The State Bar’s ongoing review of the Committee of Bar Examiners’ functions has sparked tensions between the panel and the agency that recently necessitated the intervention of a top state Supreme Court official.

State Bar plows ahead with sections’ split

December 04, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The bar’s board of trustees authorized staff to finalize and execute an agreement detailing the separation of the bar’s specialty practice groups, known as sections, into a private nonprofit called the California Lawyers Association.

State Bar selects new chief court counsel

December 01, 2017 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The State Bar has named Antonia “Tonie” Darling, a bankruptcy law expert who once worked at the agency, as the next chief court counsel for the State Bar Court.
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