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The State Bar of California’s Chief Trial Counsel George Cardona announced today the filing of a Notice of Disciplinary Charges (NDC) against attorney John Charles Eastman (State Bar No. 193726).
At its meeting Thursday and Friday, the State Bar Board of Trustees grappled with tough decisions around the agency’s 2023 budget, which must be finalized and submitted to the Legislature by the end of February.
In an effort to recognize California legal employers who take vital steps to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), the State Bar of California announced today the launch of its DEI Leadership Seal Program.
The State Bar of California announced today that Enrique Zuniga has been appointed as the agency’s first-ever Public Trust Liaison. The Public Trust Liaison will ensure that members of the public, applicants for admission, legal consumers, attorneys, and other constituents, can meaningfully voice their complaints about State Bar action or inaction and receive assistance in having those concerns addressed.
At its November meeting Thursday, the Board of Trustees approved proposing to the Supreme Court a series of options for extending the highly successful provisional licensure program (PLP).
Today the State Bar announced that 3,753 (52.4 percent of applicants) passed the July 2022 California General Bar Exam. If those who passed satisfy all other requirements for admission, they will be eligible to be licensed by the State Bar to practice law in California.
On November 3, 2022, Ruben Duran, Chair of the State Bar Board of Trustees, issued an open letter and disclosures regarding closed cases against now-disbarred attorney Thomas V. Girardi. A minor update to the disclosure was published on November 4. Frequently asked questions about this disclosure are available here.
The State Bar of California today submitted to the Legislative Analyst’s Office and legislative leaders a report proposing new discipline case processing standards. The report, required by Senate Bill 211 (last year’s fee bill) proposes shorter timelines than current averages, while differentiating timelines by case complexity and types of cases, prioritizing those that pose a greater risk to the public.
In a joint effort with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the State Bar recently seized the practice of Peter Shah, a Porter Ranch resident who repeatedly engaged in the unauthorized practice of law (UPL), announced George Cardona, State Bar Chief Trial Counsel, today.
The Supreme Court of California announced today it has approved rules put forth by the State Bar of California to implement the new Client Trust Account Protection Program (CTAPP), which includes new reporting requirements for attorneys. The program is designed to strengthen proactive oversight and regulation of client trust accounts.