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Today the State Bar of California released the results of the February 2018 California Bar Exam, and announced that 1,282 people (27.3 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. If those applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
Today the California Supreme Court issued an order approving 69 Rules of Professional Conduct for California attorneys, and rejecting one. The rule changes will go into effect Nov. 1, 2018, and will apply to the more than 250,000 attorneys licensed in California.
The State Bar of California is seeking candidates for a position on the California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) Board of Directors, which is a nonprofit that works to increase legal aid in the state's attorney-strapped rural counties.
Today the State Bar released a draft of its 2017 Annual Discipline Report for review by the Board of Trustees’ Regulation and Discipline Committee on April 16. The final Report, which provides an overview of the performance of the attorney discipline system, will be submitted to the Legislature on April 30.
The State Bar of California has issued guidelines for attorneys in anticipation of a new Rule of Court that would require re-fingerprinting of all active licensees. This will allow the agency to obtain criminal record information in compliance with state law.
The State Bar of California will hold its annual Ethics Symposium on April 6. The day-long event provides training on legal ethics and guidelines for practicing attorneys. The training topics will cover a range of topics including addressing sexual harassment and bias, attorney-client privilege, and other professional and ethical obligations of the 190,000 active attorneys licensed in California.
The State Bar of California's Office of Chief Trial Counsel issued the following fraud alert today to warn the public to watch out for and report potential legal fraud in response to the recent reports of immigration raids in the northern part of the state.
The State Bar of California is set to move ahead with a petition to disbar a Southern California lawyer who was charged with bilking tens of thousands of dollars from loan modification clients, and allowing non-attorneys to unlawfully run his practice.
The State Bar of California obtained an order to assume jurisdiction of an unlicensed law practice in the Stockton area that targeted immigrants. The State Bar also reclaimed client files and other records of the office of Yehlen Dorothea Brooks. Brooks defrauded immigrant clients who hired her to represent them in immigration matters, promising to protect them from deportation. Instead, she threatened clients with deportation if they did not continue to pay her. Some clients, including those who paid her based on her assurances that she would protect them, were detained and deported anyway.
The California Supreme Court appointed Michael G. Colantuono and Jason Lee as Chair and Vice-Chair, respectively, of the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees Wednesday, continuing the governance reforms recently enacted under SB 36.
The State Bar of California has filed discipline charges against a San Francisco Bay Area lawyer who bilked clients of $400,000 in damages from PG&E meant to pay for damages in a previous wildfire in Yolo County.
The State Bar of California has submitted its report to the California Supreme Court on a series of studies focused on the California Bar Exam.
The State Bar of California has released the results of the July 2017 California Bar Exam, and announced that 4,236 people (49.6 percent of applicants) passed the General Bar Exam. If those applicants satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
The California Supreme Court today issued an order that puts into place an important new ethical rule regarding the special responsibilities of prosecutors to disclose exculpatory evidence.
The State Bar of California is warning the public to watch out for and report potential fraud in response to the recent fires across the state.
The State Bar of California has named a new Chief Court Counsel to lead the State Bar Court of California. The State Bar named Deputy Chief Trial Counsel Gregory Dresser to fill the independent court's management and legal counselor position. Dresser previously served as interim chief trial counsel for 13 months and as assistant chief trial counsel. Prior to joining the State Bar, he was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into law, the fee bill for the State Bar of California. In addition to setting the annual licensing fee for lawyers, SB 36 includes historic reforms for the public protection agency.
The State Bar submitted a final report and analysis of the California Bar Exam passing score yesterday to the California Supreme Court. The first-ever such report in California is also one of the most comprehensive of its kind in the country.
The State Bar Court of California has recommended that a Southern California lawyer be disbarred for misappropriating $30,000 from a trust fund for Armenian genocide survivors, using other trust money to pay for her children’s law school and failing to properly report the transactions to tax authorities.
Two experienced leaders step into new roles at the State Bar of California today to continue the momentum of reforms at the agency. Leah T. Wilson steps into the role of executive director, after serving two years as chief operating officer. Michael G. Colantuono was sworn in as president of the Board of Trustees.
The State Bar Board of Trustees voted to submit three options regarding the California Bar Exam cut score to the California Supreme Court. The Court holds the ultimate authority to set the passing score for the exam.
The State Bar Court of California has put former Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark Peterson on interim suspension following a conviction for perjury.
The State Bar of California announced today that a Covina attorney has been charged with taking more than $230,000 from multiple clients, issuing bad checks to clients, breaching his fiduciary duty and failing to respond to the resulting disciplinary investigation.