TASK FORCE TO REVIEW STATE BAR DISCIPLINE STANDARDS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
send a letter of interest to Veronica Li, staff liaison, Office of General
Counsel, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105, firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-538-2433.
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.
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.