Compromise on State Bar Disunification?


As we wait to see how the California Supreme Court reacts to the State Bar’s request for a special assessment to fund its operations, it is worth considering a possible compromise between complete deunifcation of the State Bar and the status quo: carving out just the discipline components of the State Bar, the Office of Chief Trial Counsel and State Bar Court, as independent entities within the judicial branch. Maintain the unified State Bar of California for everything else. No more question about whether lawyers have their thumb on the scale when it comes to discipline and the State Bar continues to do its good work on access to justice issues. It seems like such an obvious solution that you have to ask yourself why anyone would be against it.

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