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Legislative staff question legality of State Bar's $1.6M fund transfer

August 31, 2016 | NewsLinks
(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.

Lawmakers Fight to Reform California Bar

August 29, 2016 | NewsLinks
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.

State Bar Bill, Amid Rancor, Passes Hurdle

August 25, 2016 | NewsLinks
Members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee blasted the state bar as dysfunctional, accused its leaders of obstructionism and questioned whether the often-criticized organization would ever change.

Competing State Bar Bills Emerge as Session Nears End

August 22, 2016 | NewsLinks
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.

Revised State Bar Dues Bill Drops Two Reform Provisions

August 22, 2016 | NewsLinks
(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.

State Bar's dues bill in deeper peril

August 15, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) The likelihood that the Legislature will pass a bill authorizing the State Bar to collect attorney dues next year has decreased further, according to a powerful lawmaker.
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