Suit spurs calls for new lawyer discipline model

Jan 11, 2015 12:20 PM by News Staff

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The agency that regulates attorneys in California is under scrutiny after its former executive director alleged the deliberate removal of attorney disciplinary files.

Former state Senator Joseph Dunn said in a November lawsuit that he was fired after accusing another State Bar of California official of removing the files to artificially reduce a case backlog. The bar counters that Dunn was fired after it received serious allegations against him.

The internal warfare at the nation's largest state bar is reviving longstanding criticism that its disciplinary system is weak and lets bad attorneys off the hook.

Bar officials say California's state bar model is still the best way to regulate attorneys, and California has a more robust disciplinary system than any other state.

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