A former administrative assistant sued the California State Bar for $15 million this week, claiming it fired her for turning up its incompetence and falsification of disciplinary cases.
Sonja Oehler sued the State Bar, its former chief prosecutor Jayne Kim, and what Oehler calls its "self-acclaimed 'co-CEO'" Robert Hawley, on Wednesday in Superior Court.
Oehler's attorney Thomas Girardi told Courthouse News: "Sonja is a spectacular woman who devoted her life over there and was loved by all the people, but got thrown out because they thought she was too much like Dunn," referring to ousted Bar leader Joe Dunn.
"She had a great job somewhere else, but was lured to the Bar by the importance of ensuring we have good, ethical lawyers," Girardi said in an interview.
According to Oehler's LinkedIn profile, she worked as an executive assistant with the California Medical Association from January 2006 to December 2010.
All attorneys who practice law in California must answer to the State Bar. Judges must answer to the state Judicial Council. But the State Bar answers to no one, Girardi said.
"She's not the only one," he said. "There are other lawsuits, and the facts have been verified, so it's not a fluke.
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