On October 2, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 36, the fee bill for the State Bar of California, into law. This year's annual attorney licensing fee bill includes major reforms for the agency, including the separation of voluntary sections into a new, private non-profit entity. The Board of Trustees will transition to being composed entirely of trustees appointed by the California Supreme Court, Legislature, and Governor. Attorneys will no longer elect any of the trustees. The Supreme Court will appoint the Board's Chair and Vice Chair.
"These reforms will allow the State Bar to focus on protecting Californians who need access to ethical and competent attorneys by regulating the practice of law, pursuing diversity in the profession and our justice system, and promoting access to justice for Californians of every income level," said State Bar President Michael G. Colantuono.
"SB 36 supports the State Bar in our ongoing reforms to focus on our mission of public protection. While transition and change can present challenges, I am confident that we are on the right track to best serve the people of California," said State Bar Executive Director Leah T. Wilson.
The original State Bar press release can be found here.