We’ve all heard that last Tuesday’s election set one negative record: Lowest voter turnout ever in a California statewide election. But there was another negative record set Tuesday which has received no play, but which concerns some of us as much as the first: The number of attorneys elected to the California Legislature also hit an all-time low, probably in the history of the state. (Read more)
On the final day left to him under the California constitution, Governor Brown signed into law the last bill of 2014 containing resolutions from the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA). AB 2747, an omnibus measure authored by the Democratic members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, contained provisions enacting two CCBA resolutions and making important refinements in CCBA-sponsored legislation enacted last year. (Read more)
Governor Brown has signed into law four measures sponsored or supported by the Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) increasing fairness and protection of the innocent in the criminal justice system over the past three days. However, the Governor vetoed a measure supported by the CCBA to further increase transparency in the initiative process. The signings bring to 12 the number of CCBA sponsored and supported bills signed into law in 2014. (Read more)
Three bills sponsored by the Conference of California Bar Associations – AB 1738 by Assemblymember Ed Chau, AB 2104 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, and AB 2309 by Assemblymember Cheryl Brown – were signed into law by Governor Brown during the past three days. The actions bring to eight the number of CCBA-sponsored or supported bills signed into law so far this year. (Read more)
The Conference of California Bar Associations (CCBA) added yet another success to an already impressive year Friday (October 25, 2013), when the California Judicial Council unanimously approved a CCBA-inspired amendment to the Rules of Court (jc-20131025-itemA12) clarifying and expanding the types of court hearings at which attorneys may appear telephonically. The new amendments to the rules will take effect January 1, 2014. (Read more)
Governor Brown has signed into law legislation (AB 1024 by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez) that removes all doubt that undocumented immigrant Dreamers who pass the Bar Exam and meet the same moral character requirements as all other applicants can be admitted to the practice of law in California.
The bill responds to the case of Sergio C. Garcia (In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission – S202512), the issue of whose admission to the Bar was heard on September 4 by the California Supreme Court. Specifically, the bill is intended to ensure that California has on the books the law identified in Title 8, Section 1621(d) of the federal Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act, which says that states can provide benefits (defined under subdivision (c) to include professional licenses) to undocumented immigrants if the state has enacted a law “which affirmatively provides for such eligibility.” (Read more)