Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Us
Site Search
Legal Flash
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (816) posts »
 

Lawmakers Bring Pitchforks to Bar Hearing

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Lawmakers on Tuesday took aim at the State Bar of California, comparing the agency to a sinking ship and equating bar leaders' repeated promises of change to the cartoon character Lucy pulling the football away from Charlie Brown once again.

"I'm convinced this year that the state bar is the Titanic," Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco, told colleagues on the Judiciary Committee. Chiu, a former civil rights attorney, called the bar's new roster of executives "well-meaning" but said the "organization is too far gone at this point" to avoid significant changes by the Legislature.

The committee was discussing the annual bar dues bill, which, in its current draft, keeps dues at their current levels for active and inactive members. But the discussion quickly turned to a debate currently engulfing the bar—whether the agency should be split into two new organizations, one focusing primarily on admissions and lawyer discipline and the other dealing with advocacy for the profession. Tuesday's conversation was fueled by a 19-page committee analysis detailing the bar's recent history of missteps, from securing a San Francisco building loan with members' future dues—without the Legislature's knowledge—to failing to act on hundreds of consumer complaints about the unauthorized practice of law.


Read the whole story at The Recorder

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
 
more Calendar

6/7/2017
Professionalism, Decorum, Practice and Procedure: A View From The Bench

6/8/2017
6th Annual Don Sagatun Edwards Child Services Fundraising Event

6/15/2017
5th Annual From Having it All to Leaning In Seminar

Recent Recognitions
Ruth Silver TaubePro Bono Award, 2016
Nora V. Frimann2016 Professional Lawyer of the Year

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal