The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.
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Created by the Legislature in 1927, the State Bar is an arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public by licensing and regulating attorneys.
The State Bar licenses nearly 270,000 attorneys, investigates approximately 16,000 complaints of attorney misconduct and unauthorized practice of law annually, and distributes over $100 million in grants annually to legal aid organizations.
We serve the people of California through careful oversight of the legal profession.
Common shared values are the bedrock of a high-functioning organization.
These five key values guide the State Bar as we pursue our mission:
Clarity: We have a clear mission statement, values, and strategic goals, and the decision-making process is transparent for employees as well as external and public stakeholders.
Investing in our people: We value our people as our number one asset and provide meaningful opportunities for connection, engagement, and growth.
Excellence: We work to our full potential and are accountable for achieving the public trust, access to legal resources, and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) goals of the State Bar.
Respect: We treat others with dignity, integrity, honesty, and inclusiveness, and encourage and create a safe environment.
Growth mindset: We listen, ask questions, are empowered to advance ideas, and encourage ourselves and others to embrace the challenges that come with change.
The State Bar formalized these values as an essential first step, but that is just the beginning. Values without action are just words on a page. The most important part of this process will be our collective efforts to fully embrace these values and weave them into the very fabric of our operations.