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State Bar Oversight Quarrel Stalls Dues Legislation

June 29, 2016 | NewsLinks
The state bar's ability to collect dues next year was thrown into question late Tuesday when the Assembly sponsor of dues-authorization legislation shelved his bill rather than accept hostile Senate amendments.

Rule change would give bar more power to target discrimination

June 23, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) A proposed change to California's Rules of Professional Conduct would allow the State Bar to investigate and seek discipline of attorneys for alleged discrimination even without them being found legally at fault in another venue.

State Bar Leaders' Private Call, on Dues Bill, Draws Criticism

June 23, 2016 | NewsLinks
State Bar leaders held a private conference call last week with bar section members to rally opposition to provisions in the annual dues authorization bill, according to the Center for Public Interest Law, a frequent bar critic.

State Bar trustees blast amendments to dues bill

June 15, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) Several State Bar board members expressed strong frustration Tuesday about recent legislative amendments to the agency's pending annual dues bill, with some of the proposed reforms criticized as "knee-jerk" reactions.

State Bar Put On Very Short Leash

June 02, 2016 | NewsLinks
Two days after overwhelmingly rejecting the 2017 State Bar dues bill, the state Assembly on Thursday approved a heavily amended replacement that stops short of mandating de-unification but shifts power to a board dominated by non-lawyers.

Split remains option as lawmakers mull State Bar reform

May 31, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) Recent amendments to the State Bar's annual dues bill did not include a provision for splitting the agency's regulatory and trade association functions, but the author of the legislation said de-unification of the bar remains a possibility.

Calif. Lawmakers Snub Troubled State Bar

May 31, 2016 | NewsLinks
In a strong rebuke to the State Bar of California and its leaders, the state Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected the 2017 bar dues bill.
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