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June 20 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Attorney who flouted court orders stripped of law license

A Southern California attorney who claimed State Bar disciplinary proceedings are unconstitutional was disbarred from the practice of law after he ignored and rejected an earlier suspension and probation for disobeying court orders. 
Read the full story at The State Bar of California

Avoiding the ‘voiding’ of your fee agreement and other ABCs of engagement

Attorneys enter into fee agreements on a daily basis. In the haste to sign up a client, errors can be made that significantly impact an attorney's rights and obligations downstream. This article looks at some of the key ethical concepts to keep in mind when putting together a fee agreement.
Read the full story at The State Bar of California

Task Force submits State Bar governance recommendations

The 2017 Governance in the Public Interest Task Force submitted a report to the governor, the Legislature and the California Supreme Court May 15 outlining recommendations for improvements to the State Bar.
Read the full story at The State Bar of California 

The State Bar's 2016 Annual Discipline Report available online

The 2016 Annual Discipline Report was delivered April 27 to the governor, the Legislature and the Supreme Court.

The State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel closed 15,240 cases and filed formal charges in 672 cases during 2016. Also, in that same time period the California Supreme Court disbarred 191 and suspended 202 attorneys.
Read the full story at The State Bar of California

Law firms test 'Mansfield rule' to promote more women and minorities into leadership roles

Thirty large law firms have pledged to test a new “Mansfield rule” that requires 30 percent of its leadership candidates to be minorities and women.

The rule is named after Arabella Mansfield, the first woman admitted to practice law in the United States, report the Am Law Daily (sub. req.) and the Wall Street Journal Law Blog.
Read the full story at ABA Journal

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