Governance in the Public Interest Task Force

In 2011, Business and Professions Code section 6001.2 required the creation of a Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, charged with improving the public protection function of the State Bar. Appointed by the President of the State Bar, the task force was made up of seven lawyer and three public members of the board. It also included five ex-officio members. On May 11, 2011, the task force submitted its report to the Supreme Court, the governor and the Senate and Assembly Judiciary committees "containing recommendations for enhancing the protection of the public and ensuring that protection of the public is the highest priority in the licensing, regulation, and discipline of attorneys.”

In 2012, Business and Professions Code section 6001.2 (added Stats. 2011, ch. 417, § 2.5) was repealed and a new provision enacted, effective in 2013, restructuring the Governance in Public Interest Task Force.  Section 6001.2(a) provides that the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force shall be comprised of 7 members, including 6 members selected from specified categories of members of the board of trustees and the President of the State Bar: two elected attorney members; two attorney members appointed by the Supreme Court; and two public members.

As reconstituted, the task force is required to, commencing in 2014 and every three years thereafter, submit by May 15  to the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the Assembly and Senate Committees on Judiciary a report on its measures and recommendations for enhancing the protection of the public and ensuring that protection of the public is its highest priority.  Under Business and Professions Code section 6140.12, the Bar is also required to annually report to the Supreme Court, the Governor, and the Senate and Assembly Committees on Judiciary, in conjunction with the Bar’s annual filing of its budget, on the measures the board has taken to implement its strategic plan.  Under section 6001.2(b), the task force also makes recommendations to the board regarding possible additions to, or revisions of, the strategic plan required by section 6140.12. 

To comply with both these provisions, the State Bar’s Board of Trustees annually holds a planning session to review the State Bar’s progress in implementing its strategic plan and to consider and propose other measures to enhance its mission of public protection, including proposals to ensure access to justice and diversity in the justice system consistent with that mission. As a result, the full Board, instead of only 7 its members as provided in Business and Professions Code section 6001.2, participates in the development of the measures and recommendations under both statutes. 

Report to the Legislature

Final Governance in the Public Interest Task Force Report

List of Materials

For meeting materials or information for past and current iterations of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, contact Francisco Gomez at francisco.gomez@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2170.

Questions for 2016 Governance in the Public Interest Task Force Work Plan - December 9, 2015
Large Bars Program Areas Chart - February 25, 2016
Unified State Bars Chart - February 25, 2016
Voluntary State Bars Chart - February 25, 2016
Mandatory State Bars - Officers Chart - April 4, 2016
Regulatory - Associational Continuum with Staff and Cost Chart - April 4, 2016
State Bar Trustee Dennis Mangers Talking Points - April 4, 2016
State Bar Trustee Dennis Mangers - Proposal for Deunification of State Bar - April 4, 2016
State Bar Trustee Joanna Mendoza Statement re Reform Proposal - April 4, 2016
Summary of Proposal for De-Unification Reform of the California State Bar April 2016
Donna Parkinson - Business Law Section Voluntary Task Force Recommendation - April 4, 2016
Alon Rotem - Rocket Lawyer General Counsel April 4, 2016 Testimony
Corcoran, Mangers, Mendoza & Rosing letter re AB 2878 (State Bar Fee Bill): Support if Amended, April 18, 2016
California Lawyers Guild Letter to Legislature, April 19, 2016
Responsive Law comments to Task Force, April 22, 2016
California Supreme Court Historical Society Letter to Governance Task Force, April 22, 2016
Antitrust Section Letter Opposing Deunification, April 22, 2016
Law Practice Management and Technology Section Letter Opposing Deunification, April 22, 2016
Letter from Council of Section Chairs to Board of Trustees Opposing Deunification, April 22, 2016
Center for Public Interest Law, Univ. of San Diego, Governance in the Public Interest Task Force Testimony, April 2016

Members

In March 2015, the task force was re-established and the Board ratified appointments made by the various groups of Board members as required by the statute.  These appointments were as follows.  The elected attorney members of the board selected Danette Meyers and David Torres. The attorney members of the board appointed by the Supreme Court selected Miriam Krinsky and David Pasternak. The public members of the Board selected Dennis Mangers and Gwen Moore.

In October 2015, President Pasternak requested that the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force be reconstituted for the 2015-16 Board year and appointments were made to it at the Trustees organizational meeting on October 11, 2015. These appointments were as follows.  The elected attorney members of the board selected Joanna Mendoza and Danette Meyers. The attorney members of the board appointed by the Supreme Court selected Miriam Krinsky and Jason Lee. The public members of the Board selected Dennis Mangers and Gwen Moore.

Reports

For meeting materials or information for past and current iterations of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, contact Francisco Gomez at francisco.gomez@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2170.

Notices and Agendas

Board of Trustees - March 26, 2015
Governance in the Public Interest Task Force - March 26, 2015
June 1, 2015 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force
September 18, 2015 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest
December 9, 2015 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force
February 25, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force
February 25, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force Transcript
April 4, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force

April 4, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force Transcript

For all materials related to the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force contact Francisco Gomez at francisco.gomez@calbar.ca.gov or 415-538-2170.

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News

California Bar Journal, May 2016
Courthouse News Service, April 26, 2016
April 25, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, Preliminary Notes
April 4, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, Preliminary Notes
California Bar Journal, "From the President," April 2016
California Bar Journal, March 2016
Feb. 25, 2016 Meeting of the Governance in the Public Interest Task Force, Preliminary Notes
California Bar Journal, January 2016
California Bar Journal, "From the President," April 2015
California Bar Journal, June 2011
California Bar Journal, "From the President," June 2011
California Bar Journal, April 2011
California Bar Journal, March 2011
California Bar Journal, February 2011
California Bar Journal, December 2010

California Bar Journal, November 2010