The Whistleblower Antiretaliation Program enables individuals who have whistleblower and whistleblower retaliation complaints against the State Bar or its employees, agents, or officers to submit them directly to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) for review and investigation, as appropriate.
The program is designed to ensure a fair and neutral complaint investigation process. More information about the State Bar’s Whistleblower Antiretaliation Program is available here.
The DOJ accepts complaints about improper governmental activities by the State Bar and its employees, agents, and officers (including but not limited to current and former employees of the State Bar or the State Bar Court, volunteer members of the Board of Trustees and other State Bar entities and subentities, State Bar Court judges, and Special Deputy Trial Counsel).
Improper governmental activity is defined as any activity by the State Bar or its employees, agents, or officers that is unlawful, economically wasteful, involves gross misconduct, incompetency, or inefficiency, or retaliation for bringing a whistleblower complaint or participating in an investigation of such a complaint. Whistleblower retaliation may include but is not limited to a termination, demotion, or other adverse employment action taken against an employee for making a whistleblower complaint.
To submit a whistleblower complaint, please download and complete this form. Your complaint will be reviewed by the DOJ without prior review by the State Bar.
You should include in your complaint any information that supports what is being alleged, such as the identity of specific witnesses, a list of relevant documents, and other sources of information that provide factual support for an allegation. It is important to provide as much of the following information as possible for each allegation:
Once you have completed the form, you can email it to email@example.com. Emails to this address are auto-forwarded directly to the Department of Justice.
Or you can send your completed complaint form by U.S. mail to:
State Bar Whistleblower
Attention: Chris Knudsen, Senior Assistant Attorney General
1300 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
If you choose to submit your complaint by postal mail, please enclose it in an envelope marked “Confidential.”
The DOJ does not automatically investigate every complaint received. Each complaint is carefully evaluated to determine whether it constitutes a good faith allegation of improper governmental activity with enough potential merit to warrant an investigation. A decision about whether to investigate will be based on whether the complaint shows sufficient evidence for an investigator to confirm that what is being alleged has a reasonable basis in fact.