Discipline Key

DISBARMENT

Attorney's name is stricken from roster of California attorneys by the California Supreme Court and he/she is ineligible to practice law. Attorney may be required to notify clients and interested parties of the disbarment.

SUSPENSION/PROBATION

Suspended from the practice of law for specified period of time. Suspensions may include a requirement of compliance with conditions of probation and a period of actual suspension from practice. Attorney may not practice law during a period of actual suspension. Attorney may be required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and/or notify clients and interested parties of the suspension.

RESIGNATION WITH DISCIPLINE CHARGES PENDING

Attorney voluntarily resigns as a member of the State Bar while disciplinary investigation or proceeding is pending. These disciplinary matters may be reopened if the attorney applies for reinstatement to the practice of law.

INTERIM SUSPENSION FOLLOWING CRIMINAL CONVICTION

An attorney who has been convicted of a crime which involves or probably involves moral turpitude or is a felony may be temporarily suspended from the practice of law pending the finality of his/her conviction and a determination regarding the degree of attorney discipline that should be imposed as a result of that conviction.

FURTHER DISCIPLINE FOR FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH A PREVIOUS ORDER

An attorney may be suspended from practice or disbarred for failure to comply with requirements imposed by the California Supreme Court or the State Bar Court in prior disciplinary orders.

INVOLUNTARY INACTIVE ENROLLMENT

Attorney is enrolled as an inactive member of the State Bar pursuant to Business & Professions Code §6007 and is ineligible to practice law pending further order. Involuntary inactive enrollment is not discipline, but rather a regulatory procedure.

PUBLIC REPROVAL

Attorney found culpable of professional misconduct, but no period of suspension imposed. Attorney's name, imposition of discipline are public.

PRIVATE REPROVAL

Attorney found culpable of professional misconduct, but no period of suspension imposed. If private reproval is imposed after formal charges are filed, discipline is reported on the State Bar's web page and is disclosed to the public upon request. Attorney may be required to pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) and/or comply with conditions similar to probation.

RULE 9.20

A California Rule of Court that requires attorneys to notify their clients and opposing counsel if they will not be eligible to practice law due to disbarment, suspension or resignation. The rule specifies the manner in which the notification must take place. Violating the rule is grounds for discipline.