(Subscription required) The State Bar's transfer of $1.6 million from its Lawyer Assistance Program to its Client Security Fund has prompted recent allegations from legislative staff that it may have been illegal and drawn the scrutiny of the state Senate's leader.
The California State Bar was created to protect consumers from dishonest attorneys, however, a recent state audit accuses the public agency of making "inappropriate financial decisions" that it tried to keep hidden from lawmakers.
Only days after the Assembly introduced an amended, last-ditch-effort state bar dues bill, a Senate lawmaker on Monday unveiled a competing measure, ratcheting up the political conflict over what is typically a mundane piece of legislation.
(Subscription required) The number of schools offering two-year law degree programs has increased nationwide in recent years, but public information about how graduates of the accelerated offerings have fared after graduation has not.
(Subscription required) A key lawmaker offered an amended state bar dues bill Friday, dropping two reform provisions opposed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye in a last-ditch effort to break a legislative stalemate.