June 25, 1998 |
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday turned down a request by the beleaguered State Bar of California for an emergency order that would have provided money to keep the regulatory agency for lawyers afloat. The 71-year-old agency is preparing to lay off about 80% of its staff Friday, a move made necessary by Gov. Pete Wilson's veto last year of a bill that authorized the bar to continue collecting $458 in yearly dues from each of the state's 130,000 practicing lawyers.
June 23, 1998 |
The State Bar of California, which regulates and disciplines the state's lawyers, will lay off most of its staff and dismantle the bulk of its operations Friday unless the California Supreme Court intervenes immediately to find the agency a new source of money--a prospect that officials concede is unlikely. The near-shutdown of the 71-year-old agency was made necessary by Gov. Pete Wilson's veto last year of a bill to provide continued funds for the bar.
May 30, 1998 |
Gov. Pete Wilson, whose veto last fall has brought the State Bar to the brink of bankruptcy, proposed letting it survive Friday but ending lawyers' self-regulation by having his successor appoint their leaders. Joined by the Legislature's leading opponents of the bar, Wilson endorsed a plan that would drastically reduce lawyers' dues and change their governance from a board elected mostly by lawyers to one appointed by the next governor and legislators.
April 30, 1998 |
The State Bar on Wednesday stopped accepting most new complaints from the public against unscrupulous lawyers, saying that its standoff with Gov. Pete Wilson over bar dues had left the organization practically broke. "We have, in essence, lost 90% of our funding," forcing the suspension of the service, said the bar's chief prosecutor, Judy Johnson. Only complaints that could lead to disbarment or serious suspension would be flagged for further investigation, she said.
April 28, 1998 |
The State Bar of California, fast running out of money, has sent layoff notices to nearly 500 employees, more than three-quarters of its work force. Most of the layoffs will become effective June 26 if a stalemate over the bar's funds is not resolved first; other layoffs are effective July 10. The agency also is on the verge of shutting down its consumer complaint hotline and will not process new cases, Executive Director Steve Nissen announced Monday.
April 14, 1998 |
The State Bar of California, a 71-year-old agency that licenses and disciplines lawyers, faces diminution and perhaps even demise for incurring the rancor of Gov. Pete Wilson. Angered by some of the bar's liberal stances and mindful of anti-lawyer public sentiment, Wilson in October vetoed a bill that authorized the bar to collect the bulk of the annual dues that it gathers from the state's 128,000 practicing attorneys.
January 28, 1998 |
At age 74, Benjamin Fred Roll had been able to get his arms around pretty much everything life presented him: World War II battlefields, Appalachian oil fields, and the raising of eight children. But one thing kept eluding him: passing the California bar exam. Thirteen times, Roll, a retired lieutenant colonel and real estate agent, failed the grueling three-day test. On the 14th try, he used a different approach for tackling the lengthy essays. "My whole life, I'd say, 'You got a problem?
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January 26, 1998 |
At age 74, Benjamin Fred Roll had been able to get his arms around pretty much everything life presented him: World War II battlefields, Appalachian oil fields and the raising of eight children. But one thing kept eluding him: passing the California bar exam. Thirteen times, Roll, a retired lieutenant colonel and real estate agent, failed the grueling three-day test. On the 14th try, he used a different approach for tackling the lengthy essays. "My whole life, I'd say, 'You got a problem?
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January 7, 1998 |
Concluding that Stephen Yagman mishandled various financial aspects of a case, a state bar panel has recommended that the controversial Venice attorney be suspended from practice for a year. The panel, expanding on a decision by a state bar court judge, found that Yagman had, among other things, failed to inform his clients of a settlement offer, "entered into an illegal fee agreement and collected an unconscionable fee," and failed to promptly pay clients their jury award.
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September 16, 1997 |
The State Bar of California has closed its investigation into Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi's prosecution of Assemblyman Scott Baugh, finding no evidence of prosecutorial misconduct as alleged by Baugh and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. The two Republican lawmakers from Huntington Beach asked the State Bar and Atty. Gen.