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The State Bar of California launches online complaint forms for attorney misconduct and the unauthorized practice of law in English and Spanish.
Today the State Bar released the fourth report in a series of studies designed to examine the decline in pass rates on the California Bar Exam. The report, Performance Changes on the California Bar Examination, uses detailed data on over 7,000 students who took the Bar Exam in July 2013, 2016, and 2017. Between 2013 and 2016, the pass rate on the exam fell from 56 percent to 43 percent. In 2017, the pass rate rebounded slightly, to 50 percent; it declined again in July 2018 to 40.7 percent.
The first California-specific study of the knowledge and skills needed by entry-level attorneys gets underway December 19, 2018, with a public meeting at the State Bar offices in San Francisco. The California Attorney Practice Analysis will set the foundation for revisiting the California Bar Exam pass line and content, as well as exam format and other aspects of the test.
A State Bar task force studying ways to increase access to justice for all Californians by responsibly harnessing technology holds its first public meeting Wednesday, December 5, 2018, in San Francisco.
The State Bar of California obtained an interim order to shut down an unlicensed law practice that targeted and took advantage of immigrant farmworkers.
Today the State Bar of California released the results of the July 2018 California Bar Exam, and announced that 3,284 people (40.7 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. The pass rate for first-time applicants was 55 percent.
The State Bar of California issued a fraud alert to warn the public to watch out for and report potential fraud in response to the recent fires across the state. (The fraud alert is also available in Spanish and Chinese.) As a result of California’s ongoing fires, many people may wish to seek legal advice for various reasons, including insurance disputes, landlord tenant disputes, consumer fraud and more. California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:
The State Bar of California's nearly 70 new and amended Rules of Professional Conduct take effect today, November 1, 2018. The new rules apply to the more than 250,000 attorneys licensed in California. This marks the first overhaul of ethics rules for attorneys licensed in California in nearly 30 years.
The State Bar of California's Board of Trustees appointed the members of a newly-created task force on technology and the law, which will study ways to increase access to justice for all Californians by responsibly harnessing the power of technology.
There currently exists a vacancy for a California State Bar appointment seat on the California Indian Legal Services Board of Trustees.
The State Bar of California announces the launch of attorney training programs regarding the new Rules of Professional Conduct, which go into effect November 1.
The State Bar of California is seeking applications from attorneys interested in serving on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA).
Today Gov. Jerry Brown signed AB 3249 into law, the fee bill for the State Bar of California. In addition to setting the annual licensing fee for attorneys, the bill continues historic reforms for the public protection agency.
Today Chief Justice of California Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye swore in Jason Lee as Chair of the State Bar Board of Trustees and Alan Steinbrecher as Vice Chair. Lee is the first Chinese American person to lead the State Bar.
The State Bar of California has named a new Office of Access & Inclusion, which will work to better integrate the agency's access, diversity, and inclusion work with the overall mission and strategic priorities.
The California Supreme Court appointed Jason Lee as Chair and Alan Steinbrecher as Vice-Chair of the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees.
A legal hotline is now available for people impacted by the Carr Fire in Shasta County.
The State Bar of California's Office of Chief Trial Counsel issued the following fraud alert today to warn the public to report and watch out for potential legal fraud in response to separation of immigrant children from their parents and mass detention along the southern Unites States border.
Today the State Bar of California continued its discussion about important governance reform and accountability measures designed to ensure that the agency is meetings its public protection mandate in the most effective and efficient ways possible.
The State Bar of California obtained an interim court order to aid the clients of a Los Angeles based law practice that was operating without proper authority.
Today the State Bar of California released the results of the February 2018 California Bar Exam, and announced that 1,282 people (27.3 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. If those applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
Today the California Supreme Court issued an order approving 69 Rules of Professional Conduct for California attorneys, and rejecting one. The rule changes will go into effect Nov. 1, 2018, and will apply to the more than 250,000 attorneys licensed in California.
The State Bar of California is seeking candidates for a position on the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Board of Directors, which is a nonprofit that works to increase legal aid in the state's attorney-strapped rural counties.
Today the State Bar released a draft of its 2017 Annual Discipline Report for review by the Board of Trustees’ Regulation and Discipline Committee on April 16. The final Report, which provides an overview of the performance of the attorney discipline system, will be submitted to the Legislature on April 30.
The State Bar of California has issued guidelines for attorneys in anticipation of a new Rule of Court that would require re-fingerprinting of all active licensees. This will allow the agency to obtain criminal record information in compliance with state law.