A State Bar leader said Monday that he and others will ask the chief justice and legislators to split the lawyer oversight agency into a board focused on admissions and discipline and a nonprofit that would effectively serve as a trade association for attorneys.
Dennis Mangers, a nonlawyer member of the bar's board of trustees, told a bar task force meeting in San Francisco that he was "no longer interested in tinkering around the edges" of what he called "a grossly dysfunctional organization."
"There is simply no justification for this profession to continue governing itself," Mangers said.
Mangers' proposal would seek legislation directing the bar to divide its funding sources, assets, staff and programs between the trade association, which would continue carrying the state bar moniker, and a new, 13-member discipline-focused agency known as the California Legal Services Regulatory Board. The divorce would be final in 2019.
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