The State Bar's legislative program is guided by the mission of the organization, which is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing,
regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical
and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access
to, and inclusion in, the legal system.
The purpose of the legislative program is to monitor legislative activity and represent and advocate for the State Bar on legislative, policy and budget matters before the Legislature and Governor.
The State Bar seeks to ensure that laws are in place that enhance the ethical and competent practice of law, the ability to effectively license and regulate lawyers and provide fair, just and appropriate discipline of attorneys. The State Bar seeks to ensure that laws enhance access to the profession and the justice system. The State Bar seeks to promote laws that identify effective new tools for, or eliminate unnecessary obstacles to, the implementation of the bar's public protection mission.
The State Bar's legislative program seeks to advance the following the five goals of the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan:
Goal 1: Successfully transition to the "new State Bar" – an agency focused on public protection, regulating the legal profession and promoting access to justice.
Goal 2: Ensure a timely, fair and appropriately resourced admissions, discipline and regulatory system for the more than 250,000 lawyers licensed in California.
Goal 3: Improve the fiscal and operational management of the State Bar, emphasizing integrity, transparency, accountability and excellence.
Goal 4: Support access to justice for all California residents and improvements to the state's justice system.
Goal 5: Proactively inform and educate all stakeholders, but particularly the public, about the State Bar's responsibilities, initiatives and resources.