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The State Bar of California obtained an order to assume jurisdiction of an unlicensed law practice in the Stockton area that targeted immigrants. The State Bar also reclaimed 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.
The State Bar of California has filed discipline charges against a San Francisco Bay Area lawyer who bilked clients of $400,000 in damages from PG&E meant to pay for damages in a previous wildfire in Yolo County.
The State Bar of California has submitted its report to the California Supreme Court on a series of studies focused on the California Bar Exam.
The State Bar of California has released the results of the July 2017 California Bar Exam, and announced that 4,236 people (49.6 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.
The California Supreme Court today issued an order that puts into place an important new ethical rule regarding the special responsibilities of prosecutors to disclose exculpatory evidence.
The State Bar of California is warning the public to watch out for and report potential fraud in response to the recent fires across the state.
The State Bar of California has named a new Chief Court Counsel to lead the State Bar Court of California. The State Bar named Deputy Chief Trial Counsel Gregory Dresser to fill the independent court's management and legal counselor position. Dresser previously served as interim chief trial counsel for 13 months and as assistant chief trial counsel. Prior to joining the State Bar, he was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into law, the fee bill for the State Bar of California. In addition to setting the annual licensing fee for lawyers, SB 36 includes historic reforms for the public protection agency.