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At its meeting today, the State Bar Board of Trustees heard a report on the first-ever study of racial disparities in California attorney discipline and what the State Bar is doing to continue monitoring and improving equity in its discipline system.
With this year’s wildfire season affecting a growing number of Californians statewide, the State Bar is directing disaster victims to a new website where they can seek legal services and is issuing an alert to warn the public about potential legal fraud in the wake of a disaster.
The State Bar of California has seized the unauthorized law practice of a Fontana woman who scammed hundreds of immigrants by claiming she could help them obtain legal residency. Samaris Estrada, who did business as Immigrants Legal Options in Fontana, led her clients to believe that she was qualified to perform legal services in immigration matters, a deception with dire consequences for several of her clients. Estrada has never been admitted to the State Bar of California.
On October 9, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 176, the licensing fee increase.
Today Associate Justice Joshua P. Groban of the California Supreme Court swore in Alan Steinbrecher as Chair of the State Bar Board of Trustees and Sean SeLegue as Vice-Chair at the Board’s annual transition meeting.
The State Bar’s Legal Services Trust Fund Commission today announced its 2020 legal services grantees and distribution allocations of more than $78 million—a new record total—to 100 nonprofits statewide who provide free civil legal aid in California to indigent persons.
The California Supreme Court today appointed Alan K. Steinbrecher as Chair and Sean M. SeLegue as Vice-Chair of the State Bar Board of Trustees. They will serve one-year terms in these roles.
The State Bar announced the appointment of Michelle Cramton to Clerk of the State Bar Court. Ms. Cramton will oversee and direct the administration of the State Bar Court and will be responsible for case flow, technology, budget, and personnel management.
The California Attorney Practice Analysis (CAPA) survey is now open to all active California attorneys. Attorneys today received an email invitation with a unique link to participate in the unprecedented survey, open until August 31.
The State Bar Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) holds its August meeting and a public hearing at the State Bar office in San Francisco on Friday and Saturday, August 9 and 10.