(Subscription required) The State Bar bill Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law allows the agency to transfer excess funds from its Lawyer Assistance Program to its Client Security Fund, a maneuver the bar made last year before reversing course after criticism from officials in Sacramento.
Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday signed into law SB 36 which will detach all 16 sections from the State Bar, moving them, along with the California Young Lawyers Association, into a private nonprofit corporation.
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court should join the vast majority of other state supreme courts that have adopted reciprocal admission on motion for experienced attorneys from other states. Studies by the State Bar of California have recommended, and the California Legislature has endorsed, this practice.
Amidst arguments that lowering the California bar exam cut score may help diversity in the profession, increase lawyer access for moderate-income residents and have no influence on attorney misconduct findings, the State Bar of California filed a data-heavy brief with the California Supreme Court taking the position that there’s scant evidence for the majority of those claims.
The State Bar of California welcomed its first openly LGBT president this month with the recent swearing in of attorney Michael Colantuono, a gay man who lives outside of Grass Valley in the northern Sierra Foothills.
(Subscription required) During their first meeting of a new board year, the State Bar Board of Trustees were notified Thursday of a vote by employees authorizing union leaders to call a strike if needed over frustration regarding ongoing contract negotiations.
Thousands of California-licensed lawyers responded to the state bar's call for public comment about whether the bar exam score should be lowered or kept right where it is. Attorneys offered varying thoughts.