Hobgoblins Bedevil State Bar Task Force

 “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds — Emerson

The State Bar Task Force on Discipline Standards had its initial meeting on Friday May 12 at State Bar HQ in San Francisco.  There to gird their loins for a battle with the hobgoblin which has haunted California disciplinary jurisprudence since 1986: the Standards for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct. The Standards were, in their own words “adopted by the Board of Trustees to set forth a means for determining the appropriate disciplinary sanction in a particular case and to ensure consistency across cases dealing with similar misconduct and surrounding circumstances.”  Of course, there was no Board of Trustees in 1986, Continue reading