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Attorney discipline listings prior to 2017 are archived at www.calbarjournal.com.
The State Bar of California has submitted its report to the California Supreme Court on a series of studies focused on the California Bar Exam.
Glendale attorney Vartkes Boghos Yeghiayan, 80, (bar #41773) and his wife, attorney Rita Mahdessian, 57, (bar #141901) are facing disbarment charges in State Bar Court for deliberately misappropriating $385,000 reserved for Armenian Genocide survivors and charitable organizations that help the Armenian community.
According to court documents, in 2005, Yeghiayan and Mahdessian received in trust a $20 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit against New York Life Insurance Co. (NYLIC) and AXA, S.A. on behalf of heirs and descendants of persons killed during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1918.
The State Bar Board of Trustees in March approved a new set of ethics rules for California attorneys, marking the first major overhaul in about 30 years.
Thuy Nguyen has broken barriers as one of the first in the Vietnamese-American community to serve as general counsel and legislative liaison for the Peralta Community College District.
The State Bar Board of Trustees in March recommended for final adoption by the Supreme Court a new set of ethics rules for California attorneys, marking the first major overhaul in about 30 years.
The State Bar of California has named a new Chief Trial Counsel to lead the key component of the bar’s attorney discipline system, the Office of Chief Trial Counsel. The bar named Steven Moawad, a longtime Contra Costa County prosecutor, to the position on April 26.
The State Bar of California began its plan to implement the portions of a new ethics rule, Rule 5-110, regarding the responsibilities of criminal prosecutors that the California Supreme Court approved in an order on May 1.
The State Bar of California has received a report of a phishing scam aimed at attorneys. The fraudulent email purports to be from the State Bar, containing the subject line, “Past due invoice for State Bar Association of California” and suggests the attorney can download an invoice by clicking a link in the email.
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