Quarterly News and Attorney Discipline Update
Protection of the public is the highest priority of the State Bar. The interactive map, below, provides information on work that the State Bar is doing in each County in California. Scroll over the map or select “table” to find county-specific information on the number of attorneys who have been disciplined; reimbursement paid to victims of attorney misconduct, and; legal aid funding distributed by the Bar to legal aid organizations providing services to low-income, developmentally disabled, and elderly Californians.
Attorney discipline data focuses on the most severe types of sanctions: disbarments and suspensions. Funding to reimburse victims of attorney theft is paid by the State Bar’s Client Security Fund which pays approximately $6 million to victims each year and is funded entirely from fees assessed on licensed attorneys in California. Tens of millions of dollars in legal aid funding is distributed by the Bar each year to approximately a hundred legal aid organizations across the state. In 2018, almost $50 million was awarded to 97 organizations.*
*22 support centers were awarded combined total of
$5,574,338 in grant ($2,101,396 IOLTA + $3,472,942 EAF)
The State Bar of California has released its first statewide report highlighting the impact that California legal aid providers have had for individuals and communities living in poverty. The report: Making a Difference: California Legal Aid, highlights outcomes achieved by the 95 nonprofit legal services providers who received grants from the State Bar in 2017.
The report spotlights outcomes and client stories about legal aid in the areas of health, domestic violence, housing and homelessness, justice in the workplace, immigration and immigrant rights, consumer protection, seniors, children, people with disabilities, veterans, and disaster response. Among the impacts highlighted in the report:
By providing free legal assistance to low-income Californians, legal aid providers meet basic needs like food, shelter, and safety, help individuals in crisis, address systemic inequities, and revitalize communities. Legal aid intervention can help keep a family intact and in their home, help an individual remain employed or in school, and improve health outcomes.
The State Bar believes in making our attorney complaint system accessible to all Californians regardless of what language they speak. Our toll-free complaint hotline, 800-843-9053, provides on-demand interpreter assistance in over 200 languages.
Complaints about attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law may be filed online or by mail.
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Forms are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Russian and Vietnamese.
We want to be sure that people understand the State Bar’s process after an attorney misconduct complaint is filed. Sometimes your office is a constituent’s initial point of contact. With this in mind, we want to equip your district office representatives with helpful information to pass along to constituents. Charts at these links explain what happens after you file a complaint (available in English and Spanish).
The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.
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