California Supreme Court Approves State Bar Provisional Licensure Program for 2020 Law Graduates, Adopts Rule 9.49 of the California Rules of Court

By Juan M. Villalvazo On July 16, 2020, the California Supreme Court sent a letter to the State Bar of California, directing it to “implement, as soon as possible, a temporary supervised provisional licensure program—a limited license to practice specified Continue reading

Committee of Bar Examiners Holds Emergency Teleconference Meeting to Address Legal Education and Exam Administration in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Halie Turigliatti On March 30, 2020, the State Bar of California’s Committee of Bar Examiners (CBE) held an emergency and special meeting over teleconference. The meeting began by voting to start an official emergency meeting, according to the Bagley-Keene Continue reading

State Bar of California Board of Trustees Postpones Votes on Several Recommendations From the Access Through Innovation of Legal Services Task Force

By Madelin Rojer At the State Bar of California Board of Trustees’ March 12, 2020, meeting, [Agenda item 702], the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) presented its Final Report with seven recommendations to the Board. Continue reading

State Bar of California’s 2020 Governance in the Public Interest Task Force to Focus on Risk-Based Regulation

By Alaina Dye At its November 14, 2019 meeting, the State Bar’s 2020 Governance in the Public Interest Task Force voted to focus its efforts and report on proactive regulation, also known as risk-based regulation, which seeks to prevent lawyers Continue reading

State Bar of California Analyzes “Public Interest Drift” Among Law Students as a Component of the California Justice Gap Study

By Madeline Rojer At the State Bar of California Board of Trustees’ January 23, 2020, meeting [Agenda item I], the staff presented key findings of the first-ever California Justice Gap Study, which gathered data on both California’s public civil legal Continue reading

California State Bar Board of Trustees Creates Working Group to Consider Paraprofessional Program

By Alaina Dye At its January 24, 2020 meeting, the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees adopted a resolution directing staff to consult with the Board’s Access Liaisons to take steps to form a working group to develop recommendations Continue reading