Once again, calls to "de-unify" the bar have grown louder, including voices in the legislature, which determines the bar's budget. To most, de-unification means taking discipline away from the State Bar.
The idea makes some sense. After all, today's discipline system faces most of the same problems and challenges that have existed for decades. And the lack of continuity—acting chief trial counsel Gregory Dresser, who began on May 9, is the fifth head prosecutor in the last seven years—doesn't help.
Jayne Kim, who became chief trial counsel in late 2011, resigned effective May 6. She'd been battered and bruised by a lawsuit by former executive director Joe Dunn, who blamed his firing on her, accusations from high-profile lawyer Tom Girardi that he has been targeted by the bar because he represents Dunn's former executive assistant, also fired; and a recent vote of no-confidence from her own trial attorneys.
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