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State Bar encourages attorneys to provide pro bono service and support legal aid

In response to a recent increase in attorneys seeking to do pro bono work, State Bar President James Fox and Executive Director Elizabeth Parker issued a joint statement in support of lawyers who commit their time and/or their money to the cause of helping those who can’t afford a lawyer.

Cases highlight risks for attorneys acting as escrow agents

State Bar prosecutors have noticed an uptick in prosecutions involving attorneys mishandling client money they agreed to hold in escrow. This trend and a high-profile money laundering case prompted a reminder for attorneys of the ethical pitfalls.

State Bar Ethics Hotline stats

The State Bar’s ethics hotline fielded 12,400 calls in 2016. Find out what topics were most popular among attorneys who called for help.

Reminder: Annual State Bar fees due March 1

Attorneys who haven’t yet paid their annual licensing fees (and whose fees aren’t being picked up by their employer), have until March 1 to do so without penalty.

Charges filed when attorneys take money meant for Armenian Genocide survivors

Two Glendale attorneys face disbarment charges in State Bar Court for deliberately misappropriating $385,000 reserved for Armenian Genocide survivors and charitable organizations that help the Armenian community.

Discipline gets funding boost in 2017 budget

The State Bar Board of Trustees last month approved a $164.7 million budget for 2017 that includes money for critical discipline-related initiatives despite reduced funding.

Accelerating reform at the State Bar

State Bar President James P. Fox recaps recent changes and outlines plans for 2017 to continue the bar's shift from an agency with a dual mission of helping both lawyers and the public to one that is primarily focused on serving the public.