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A newly established State Bar working group, tasked to review, revise, and publish standards by which moral character determinations are made, holds its first meeting on June 7 in San Francisco. Meeting Agenda.
Today the State Bar filed a petition with the State Bar Court to place Los Angeles attorney Michael J. Avenatti on involuntary inactive status, pursuant to California Business and Professions Code 6007(c)(1)-(3).
The State Bar of California receives a complaint about an attorney from one of his purported clients. The complainant shares a letter, supposedly from the attorney, written on State Bar letterhead. However, the attorney works at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office and does not represent individual clients. All signs point to fraud.
The State Bar Board of Trustees today authorized restructured fee-scaling options to expand reduced or waived licensing fee increases among attorneys whose incomes fall below certain thresholds. The new model will be proposed during the legislative process for setting the State Bar’s licensing fee for 2020.
Today the State Bar released results of the February 2019 California Bar Exam and announced that 1,458 people (31.4 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. This is an increase of 4.1 percentage points over last year’s February pass rate of 27.3 percent. If those passing applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
The Office of the California State Auditor today issued its 2019 Report and Recommendations on the State Bar of California.
The State Bar of California will hold its 23rd Annual Ethics Symposium on April 12. The day-long event provides training and education on legal ethics topics for practicing attorneys.
The State Bar of California is looking for the individuals who have yet to claim dozens of valid work permits, green cards, and social security cards from the offices of Judith Gil, a purported immigration specialist whose office was shut down in February because of the unauthorized practice of law.
The State Bar Board of Trustees today formally authorized a much-needed increase in licensing fees in 2020, the first in over 20 years. The Board set the fee increase as the agency’s number one legislative priority, essential to the agency’s fiscal health and ongoing reform.
The California Bar Exam Strategies and Stories Program, designed to help applicants navigate the challenges they face when preparing for the bar exam, will be offered again to applicants studying for the July 2019 exam. Online registration for the study program begins March 1.
A State Bar effort to maximize revenue in the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) fund—a major source of legal aid grants—will help boost those funds to a projected record of $39 million in 2019.
The State Bar of California has seized the unauthorized law practice of a Los Angeles woman who scammed dozens of immigrants by posing as an attorney who could help them obtain legal residency.
The California Attorney Practice Analysis (CAPA) will provide current information about the knowledge and skills expected of entry-level California attorneys to set the foundation for evaluating the format, content alignment, and pass line of the California Bar Exam. The State Bar invites attorneys with at least three years of practicing experience to apply to contribute to this important study during a three-day panel in San Francisco that will develop the attorney practice surveys.
The State Bar Board of Trustees today adopted strategic plan objectives reflecting its mission to support greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.
The State Bar of California Board of Trustees today approved a waiver of licensing fee late payment penalties for attorneys employed by the federal government and affected by the shutdown. Attorneys affected by the shutdown who are unable to remit payment of their 2019 licensing fees by the February 1, 2019, deadline can submit a late payment fee waiver to the State Bar’s Office of Attorney Regulation and Consumer Resources.
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 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.