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The Finance Committee leads the Board’s participation in oversight, and review of the State Bar’s budget preparation.
Given these myriad efforts, the Board determined that the attorney discipline system could benefit from a comprehensive examination of its policies and procedures. This review will examine and evaluate completed efforts as well as work currently in progress. The review will build upon existing initiatives and integrate them into a coherent whole to develop additional insight into ways the discipline system could be further improved. To ensure a keen focus on the State Bar’s public protection mission, the review will evaluate fairness and equity in an ongoing effort to understand and address disparities that may exist based on race or gender.
The Finance Committee shall develop and lead the Board’s participation in all State Bar budget preparation. The Finance Committee shall:
In so doing, the commission will review research studies that have been completed and determine whether additional research is needed. It will also review research studies in progress and generate policy recommendations as results become available. Another key element of the State Bar’s discipline system is the State Bar Court, which on its own initiative also continually evaluates its processes to improve the adjudication of cases. With the participation of the State Bar Court, the commission may examine the structure of the court, principally issues involving its independence and autonomy. As a guiding principle, the commission will focus on the dual goals of ensuring public protection and fairness in the discipline system.
Mimi Harvey, 415-538-2353, email@example.comChair: Arnold Sowell, Jr.
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