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This week, the State Bar of California announced the initial class of Leadership Banks.To join the ranks of Leadership Banks, a bank must agree to pay comparable interest rates on its attorney client trust accounts under California’s Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, thereby helping to support access to justice for low-income Californians.
At its January meeting that concluded Friday, the State Bar Board of Trustees set direction on strategic priorities intended to expand access to justice and ensure that the attorney discipline system is fair and effective.
Leah T. Wilson has announced her decision to leave the role of Executive Director effective January 17, 2020, to pursue other career interests. Chief of Programs Donna Hershkowitz has been named Interim Executive Director. At the request of Board of Trustees leadership, Wilson has agreed to support the transition in a consulting capacity.
The State Bar of California this week launched its Leadership Bank program, recognizing financial institutions that help maximize funds to support meaningful access to justice for low-income Californians.
Today the State Bar of California released the results of the July 2019 California Bar Exam, and announced that 3,886 people (50.1 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam, a rebound to the 2017 pass rate.
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.
The State Bar invites members of the public to review and comment on a sweeping set of regulatory reform options for improving access to legal services, developed by the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS).
The State Bar of California announces that two new hearing judges have been appointed to the State Bar Court by the Legislature: Judge Dennis G. Saab in Los Angeles, and Judge Phong Wang in San Francisco.
The State Bar Board of Trustees on July 11 authorized a 60-day public comment period for a sweeping set of regulatory reform options for improving access to legal services, developed by the Task Force on Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS).
Today the Assembly Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of SB 176, the legislation on the State Bar’s licensing fee.
The State Bar of California issued the following fraud alert today to warn the public to report and watch out for potential legal fraud in response to federal warnings about mass family deportations.
The Legislative Analyst’s Office today issued its report: The California State Bar: Considerations for a Fee Increase
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.