Proposed Revisions to the State Bar’s Model Rules of Procedure for Fee Arbitrations
In November 2006, the Board of Governors approved the State Bar’s Model Rules of Procedure for Fee Arbitrations. California’s 45 local bar fee arbitration programs are encouraged, though not required, to adopt the Model Rules to ensure that programs are in compliance with State Bar’s Guidelines and Minimum Standards for the Operation of Mandatory Fee Arbitration Programs (“Minimum Standards”) and the law.
As a result of amendments made to Minimum Standards in 2007, revisions to the Model Rules became necessary to track those amendments. In addition, new Model Rules were included to reflect Minimum Standards inadvertently omitted from prior Model Rules. The Mandatory Fee Arbitration (MFA) Committee has also proposed other revisions to clarify rules or comport with recent case law. A brief description of the reason for specific Model Rules changes is set for the in the attached agenda item to the DOC Committee.
At the request of the State Bar’s Committee on Mandatory Fee,Arbitration (“MFA Committee”), the Board’s Discipline Oversight Committee (“DOC”) released the proposed revisions to the State Bar for public comment for a period of 45 days.
Suggested revisions to the Model Rules would:
State Bar Board Discipline Oversight Committee (DOC), January 8, 2010
February 23, 2010
Jill Sperber, Director
The State Bar of California
Office of Mandatory Fee Arbitration
180 Howard Street, 6th fl.
San Francisco, CA 94105