California State Auditor: Weak State Bar Policies Limit Protection for Public

California’s Acting State Auditor, Michael Tilden reported to Governor Newsom that the California State Bar prematurely closes cases against attorneys who are accused of misconduct. Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Failure to adequately investigate attorneys despite lengthy patterns of complaints
  • Dismissal of 165 complaints against one attorney
  • Failure to consistently identify conflicts of interest between State Bar staff members and the attorneys they investigate

Tilden recommended the State Bar “make significant improvements to the safeguards that help ensure its staff conduct thorough investigations, and the Legislature should take additional steps to ensure the State Bar’s compliance with its revised policies and procedures.”

Read the report here.

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