NEW TASK FORCE TO REVIEW STATE BAR DISCIPLINE STANDARDS

Contact: Laura Ernde 

415-538-2283

laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 29, 2014 – Members of the public and the legal profession are invited to apply for service on a new Discipline Standards Task Force. The application deadline is Feb. 12.

The task force, which was recently approved by the State Bar Board of Trustees, will review the Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct to determine whether a comprehensive overhaul is needed. The standards are used to determine the appropriate disciplinary sanction in a particular case and to ensure consistency in how cases are dealt with.

The standards underwent a general clean-up and reorganization last year, but during that process the idea was raised of making broader changes, including creating narrowly tailored disciplinary sanctions similar to sentencing guidelines.

“Recruiting top-notch members for our new disciplinary task force is crucial to ensuring that the guidelines receive careful attention, and that citizens of the state are properly protected,” State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez said.

Members of the 23-person task force, chaired by former State Bar Trustee Karen Goodman, will be drawn from the following categories: the State Bar Office of Chief Trial Counsel, the discipline defense bar, academics, members of the public, members chosen by the president, current and former State Bar trustees, other regulatory bodies, the Commission on Judicial Performance, other professional disciplinary boards and rehabilitation organizations. The task force will include one non-voting member designated by the California Supreme Court.

To apply, send a letter of interest to Veronica Li, staff liaison, Office of General Counsel, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105, veronica.li@calbar.ca.gov, 415-538-2433.

The letter should state what category you are applying for and outline your interest in the task force and what makes you particularly well-suited for the work. Please also include a resume or brief biographical information. Service on the task force will include attendance at public meetings in the State Bar’s San Francisco and Los Angeles offices. Please indicate your ability to accept such an assignment over the next 12 months.

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The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter million.