LAAC works collaboratively with the State Bar of California Office of Legal Services and Administrative Office of the Courts, which form the backbone of the statewide access to justice community in California. LAAC also closely monitors activities of the State Bar of California for any developments that may affect the legal services community.
All open opportunities for public comment are listed on the State Bar’s website. Many affect legal services, so LAAC compiles and summarizes them for our members’ benefit. We’ve included details on recently closed opportunities, as some may re-open at a later phase of consideration.
Information regarding other relevant State Bar developments is below as well.
If you have any questions regarding LAAC’s State Bar advocacy, please contact Lorin Kline at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Civil Justice Strategies Task Force
In November 2013, the State Bar Board of Trustees created a Civil Justice Strategies Task Force to address the justice gap and the role of the legal profession in addressing it.
LAAC is attending the public hearings of the Task Force and following their activities closely. As concrete plans or recommendations from the Task Force begin to develop, LAAC will do its best to ensure that the opinions and concerns of its members are heard and addressed.
Learn more about the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force here.
Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform
In February 2012, the State Bar Board of Trustees created a Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform. The Task Force examined whether the State Bar should develop a pre-admission competency training program and developed a proposal. After a public comment period, the Board of Trustees adopted the proposal.
LAAC monitored the development of the Task Force’s recommendations and commends the Task Force for including a requirement of legal services to pro bono or modest means clients. LAAC will continue to monitor the plan throughout implementation.
Learn more about the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform here.
MCLE Working Group
The State Bar Board of Trustees has convened an Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Working Group aimed at improving MCLE. The Board of Trustees also sought public comment and ideas on the issue. Some important changes to MCLE requirements will be implemented by the State Bar starting July 2014. Further changes are being considered.
LAAC followed the issue closely and attended several public meetings to gain more information to share with our member organizations.
Learn more about changes to MCLE Requirements here.
The State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Commission is currently planning a “reboot” of the IOLTA application and reporting process. The two biggest proposed changes are unified calendar for both IOLTA and EAF and a data collection requirement of assigning a “benefit” to the clients for cases closed.
The upcoming changes will affect all members of the IOLTA community. LAAC remains closely involved in this process.
Learn more about the IOLTA Reboot here.