California State Bar Splitting in 2019

state bar splittingLast month, word surfaced that the world’s largest mandatory bar may (and will likely) break into two separate entities within the next few years.

In April, Dennis Mangers, a board of Trustees Member of the California State Bar Association, drafted a proposal to the state bar that has produced mixed reactions from state officials and members of the California legal community.

If approved, the split would cause the California State Bar Association to reform the bar into a new entity called the California Legal Services Regulatory Board (CLSRB) and form a separate, nonprofit professional association that keeps the name the “California State Bar Association”.

According to the proposal, the state’s bar admissions and discipline functions would lie with the CLSRB. It also will manage law school accreditation and registration, the Lawyer’s Assistance Program, Client Security Fund, Member Records/Compliance, and the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission. The CLSRB will be overseen by a 13-member board made up of six lawyers and seven nonlawyers appointed by the governor, the California Supreme Court, a state Senate committee and the speaker of the state Assembly.

The non-profit professional association would have a voluntary membership and house all of the 16 current sections, committees, commissions and State Bar departments that perform trade association functions. It will also house the bar’s young lawyers division. The new “California State Bar Association” will determine its governing body structure and ruling once approved.

The plan states that there will not be a net loss of State Bar employment as a result of the proposal.

The proposal is still under consideration and requires the final plan to be submitted to the Governor, the Chief Justice, the Judicial Council and the Judiciary Committees of the Assembly and Senate by April 1, 2018.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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