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December 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Whatever you think of affirmative action programs at universities and graduate schools, it's important to know whether they're working - that is, whether they are preparing their beneficiaries for professional success. But for several years now, the California bar has resisted attempts by a critic of racial preferences to obtain information about the test scores and grades of graduates who take the state bar examination. Last week, the California Supreme Court wisely rejected the state bar's argument and ruled it must turn over the information to Richard Sander, a law professor at UCLA, and other researchers - provided that a way is found to protect the identities of individual test-takers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday appointed as head of California's political ethics agency a judge who has overseen the discipline of attorneys. Jodi Remke, presiding judge of the State Bar Court of California, is Brown's choice for chairwoman of the state Fair Political Practices Commission. Her appointment fills a void created six months ago when Chairwoman Ann Ravel moved to the Federal Elections Commission. Good-government activists including Robert Stern, a former general counsel for the California agency and a coauthor of the state Political Reform Act, said they knew nothing about Remke.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Researchers looking into the possible effects of affirmative action programs on law schools and the legal profession should have access to state bar exam scores and other records if individuals' privacy can be ensured, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision was a boost for UCLA law professor Richard Sander, who has been battling the state bar for five years to obtain the data. Sander wants the information to test his controversial theory that racial preferences in law school admissions might hurt minority students by putting them in overly competitive environments.
OPINION
February 14, 2014
Re "When lawyers go bad," Opinion, Feb. 11 Yale law student Jane Chong needs to go back to class if she thinks that disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass should be granted a law license in California because current unethical members of the bar did equally bad or worse things. That's a losing argument in any court, whether legal or that of public opinion. Chong misses the salient reason for Glass' unacceptability. An attorney's ethics are challenged in nearly every case, whether in trying to set a criminal client free or in efforts to represent an alleged corporate wrongdoer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1998
I am going to do all that I can to . . . bite my lip and refrain from kicking the state bar in the teeth this morning. That's how Assemblyman Bill Morrow began his defense of Gov. Pete Wilson's plan to revamp the State Bar of California. Morrow's tone was perhaps not what Wilson intended, for it was the governor himself who nearly wrecked the state's system for policing errant lawyers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1994 | PATRICK McCARTNEY
A Ventura attorney whose conviction for possession of LSD was overturned on appeal has been reinstated to practice law, the State Bar of California confirmed Wednesday. Douglas A. Palaschak was arrested in 1991, along with his secretary, for participating in an LSD party at the attorney's office on Telephone Road after a co-worker informed authorities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1998
Gov. Pete Wilson set out last year to punish leaders of the legal profession for what he saw as their wasteful spending and political lobbying. But when the State Bar of California had to shut its doors over the summer, it was the public that got hurt. With the virtual shutdown of the bar's lawyer discipline system, once a model for other states, consumers have had no place to turn if their lawyers proved incompetent or dishonest.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2011 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The State Bar of California has declined to discipline a Los Angeles attorney who was accused of orchestrating a massive fraud in representing Nicaraguan banana workers in lawsuits against U.S. corporations, according to a document reviewed by The Times. Then-Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Victoria G. Chaney had referred attorney Juan Dominguez, a personal injury lawyer whose ads are ubiquitous on Los Angeles buses, to the state bar after she made findings that he was central in a scheme to recruit fake plaintiffs, coach them to lie about working on Dole-affiliated banana farms, and fabricate medical evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 1993
The California State Bar Friday was granted authority over a Ventura attorney's law practice, which was interrupted when the lawyer was jailed for practicing law without a license. State Bar lawyers were granted permission to seize the files and take over the law practice of Kenneth G. Makature, who is serving a 30-day sentence in Ventura County Jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1998
Tuesday could be high noon for the state's lawyers. At least that's what the governor and some of his legislative colleagues hope. They have the State Bar of California in their sights. But as the Legislature takes up draconian bills that would effectively do away with or greatly diminish the state bar, along with its licensing and discipline functions, the public, not lawyers, stands to be the first casualty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - A Mexican immigrant without a green card on Thursday won the right to practice law in California, an unprecedented ruling that will permit others in similar circumstances to become lawyers. The state Supreme Court agreed unanimously that Sergio C. Garcia - who passed the bar examination four years ago - should receive a law license while awaiting federal approval of his green card application. The court, which has the final word on licensing lawyers, said it was able to approve Garcia's admission to the State Bar because the Legislature had passed a law last year that cleared the way. "The fact that an undocumented immigrant's presence in this country violates federal statutes is not itself a sufficient or persuasive basis for denying undocumented immigrants, as a class, admission to the State Bar," Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye wrote for the court.
OPINION
December 27, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Whatever you think of affirmative action programs at universities and graduate schools, it's important to know whether they're working - that is, whether they are preparing their beneficiaries for professional success. But for several years now, the California bar has resisted attempts by a critic of racial preferences to obtain information about the test scores and grades of graduates who take the state bar examination. Last week, the California Supreme Court wisely rejected the state bar's argument and ruled it must turn over the information to Richard Sander, a law professor at UCLA, and other researchers - provided that a way is found to protect the identities of individual test-takers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
Researchers looking into the possible effects of affirmative action programs on law schools and the legal profession should have access to state bar exam scores and other records if individuals' privacy can be ensured, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision was a boost for UCLA law professor Richard Sander, who has been battling the state bar for five years to obtain the data. Sander wants the information to test his controversial theory that racial preferences in law school admissions might hurt minority students by putting them in overly competitive environments.
OPINION
November 10, 2013
Re "Justices suggest disgraced writer unfit to be lawyer," Nov. 7 Ever since I was admitted to the state bar and started practicing in 1979, I have had to put up with a lot of lawyer jokes and animosity. Let's face it: Our reputation is somewhere between tow-truck drivers and used-car salesmen. I have always held myself to the highest moral and legal principles, and have been shocked by some of the unethical and dishonest conduct of opposing counsel. I don't know Stephen Glass, so I feel it would be inappropriate to comment on his rehabilitation from his earlier prevaricative ways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SACRAMENTO - Stephen R. Glass, a former journalist whose fabrications for major magazines sparked a national furor, bent his head at times and reddened as he listened to members of the California Supreme Court suggest he was morally unfit to practice law. When he was in his 20s, Glass fabricated 42 articles for the New Republic, Rolling Stone and other magazines, concocting people, quotations and events in blistering stories that won him rave reviews...
BUSINESS
June 25, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Ahead of next year's healthcare overhaul, some major insurers and consumer advocates want California lawmakers to bar companies from renewing most individual policies beyond Jan. 1. At issue is a loophole in the federal Affordable Care Act that enables health insurers to extend existing policies for nearly all of 2014, thereby avoiding changes under the healthcare law. Several insurance companies are promoting this idea of consumers...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1996
California's lawyers have voted to keep the State Bar as the organization that regulates their profession and lobbies on their behalf, the bar announced Tuesday. Nearly 65% of the lawyers voting statewide rejected a proposal to abolish the bar. Just over half of the state's 121,000 practicing lawyers sent in ballots. The vote was required by a law sponsored by state Sen. Quentin Kopp (I-San Francisco), a leading bar critic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1998
The Assembly Judiciary Committee will take up the future of the State Bar of California on Tuesday, an issue that has raised hardly a glimmer of public interest yet has the potential for causing public problems. Legislative meddling with the legal community's regulatory body could cause a backlash that neither the governor nor lawmakers should want. The state bar determines, through the bar examination, who is qualified to practice law in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO -- A California bar court has recommended that Del Norte County Dist. Atty. Jon Michael Alexander be stripped of his law license for prosecutorial misconduct. In an opinion released Friday, the State Bar Court of  California found Alexander  guilty of withholding exculpatory evidence, perjury and speaking to a defendant without the permission of her attorney. “His abuse of his prosecutorial power has negatively impacted the reputation of the district attorney's office and the public's trust in the judicial system,” the court wrote.
BUSINESS
November 11, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
A decision by the State Bar of California to move its longtime headquarters in downtown Los Angeles has cleared the way for a $250-million apartment and retail complex on what is now the State Bar's parking lot near Staples Center. Beverly Hills developer Sonny Astani and parking lot giant L&R Group of Cos. bought the 3-acre property from the lawyers' group for $29 million. It is surrounded by Olive Street, Grand Avenue, Pico Boulevard and 12th Street. “This is probably the last large parking lot downtown that is unentitled and undeveloped,” Astani said.
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