State Bar’s Annual Fee Bill Would Pave the Way for Improving Attorney Misconduct Standards

By Andrea Lavelle   SB 211 (Umberg), as amended September 2, 2021, is the State Bar’s annual “fee bill.” This bill would amend sections 6140 and 6141 of the Business and Professions Code to authorize the Bar to assess 2022 Continue reading

State Bar of California Releases Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Plan: 2021-2022 Biennial Report to the Legislature

By Juan M. Villalvazo On March 15, 2021, the State Bar of California published its biennial report to the state legislature on its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan pursuant to Business and Professions Code section 6001.3(c). This is the Continue reading

State Bar Challenges Tom Girardi Protective Conservatorship, Files Disciplinary Charges

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage On March 12, 2021, the State Bar of California filed a verified objection to a petition for temporary conservatorship of attorney Thomas Girardi’s person and estate in Conservatorship of Thomas V. Girardi, Case No. 21STPB00413, in Probate Continue reading

California Superior Court Sustains State Bar’s Demurrer to LegalMatch’s Constitutional Challenge to Business and Professions Code § 6155; Second Amended Cross Complaint Pending

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage On February 3, 2021, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman sustained the State Bar of California’s demurrer to LegalMatch’s First Amended Cross Complaint (FACC) for Declaratory Relief, with leave to amend, in State Bar of California Continue reading

State Bar of California Board of Trustees Postpones Consideration of Creating New Rule of Professional Conduct Concerning Campaign Contributions and Prosecutorial Conflicts

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage  On January 22, 2021, the State Bar of California Board of Trustees voted to defer creation of a new Rule of Professional Conduct or Ethics Opinion related to law enforcement unions’ financial contributions to prosecutorial campaigns, and Continue reading

Two New Studies Reveal the California Bar Exam Cut Score’s Racially Disparate Impact, and State Bar of California Continues its own Study of the Bar Exam

By Juan M. Villalvazo In October 2020, two studies analyzing the various ways in which California’s minimum bar exam passing score (“cut score”) on the Bar exam impacts examinee outcomes. Both studies were conducted by the same authors, and were Continue reading

State Bar of California Board of Trustees Approves Appointees to Closing the Justice Gap Working Group

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage On November 2, 2020, the State Bar of California Board of Trustees Executive Committee approved the Board’s Appointments Liaisons’ recommended slate of two officers and sixteen members to the Closing the Justice Gap Working Group (CTJG Working Continue reading

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

Governor Newsom Signs State Bar of California Annual Fee Bill

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage AB 3362 (Committee on Judiciary), as amended August 7, 2020, is the State Bar of California’s annual “fee bill.” This bill amends sections 6140 and 6141 of the Business and Professions Code to authorize the Bar to Continue reading

State Bar of California Board of Trustees Approves Minor Amendment to Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4; Submits to Supreme Court of California

By Kirstin Jensvold-Rumage At the State Bar of California Board of Trustees meeting on September 24, 2020 [Agenda Item 54-123], the Board approved an amendment to California Rule of Professional Conduct 5.4, as proposed by the Task Force on Access Continue reading