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The State Bar of California is set to move ahead with a petition to disbar a Southern California lawyer who was charged with bilking tens of thousands of dollars from loan modification clients, and allowing non-attorneys to unlawfully run his practice.
The State Bar of California has taken over an unlicensed law practice in the Stockton area that targeted immigrants and seized the office's records. The San Joaquin County Superior Court order signed Friday, Jan. 26, allows the State Bar to assume jurisdiction of the unauthorized law practice and reclaim client files and other records of the office of Yehlen Dorothea Brooks.
Brooks defrauded immigrant clients who hired her to represent them in immigration matters, promising to protect them from deportation. Instead, she threatened clients with deportation if they did not continue to pay her. Some clients, including those who paid her based on her assurances that she would protect them, were detained and deported anyway.
The California Supreme Court appointed Michael G. Colantuono and Jason Lee as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees Wednesday, continuing the governance reforms recently enacted under SB 36.
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A Southern California attorney was disbarred after he was found guilty of false imprisonment for planting drugs in the car of a PTA volunteer and enlisting the police, based on fraud and deceit, to detain her.
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