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Nation’s Largest Bar to Become Two Under Pending Dues Bill

Sept. 13, 2017, 7:30 PM

The nation’s largest bar is poised to privatize its voluntary sections and separate them from the bar’s regulatory and disciplinary functions under a bill (S.B. 36) unanimously adopted Sept. 12 and sent to Governor Jerry Brown (D).

Senate Bill 36 would require the bar to help the 16 voluntary sections incorporate as a private, nonprofit association that will provide continuing legal education. Lawmakers say the oversee regulation in a move will ensure that public safety takes priority over “distractions” from the 263,248-member agency’s core regulatory function.

“This is a critical new direction for the State Bar of California...

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