Discipline standards task
force to meet May 12
State Bar Board of Trustees President Luis J. Rodriguez has
appointed a 14-person task force to review discipline standards for attorneys.
The first meeting is set for May 12 in San Francisco.
The Discipline Standards Task Force will review the Standards
for Attorney Sanctions for Professional Misconduct to determine whether a
comprehensive overhaul is needed. The standards are used to determine the
appropriate sanction in a particular case and ensure consistency in how cases
are dealt with.
The standards, written in 1986, underwent a general clean-up
and reorganization last year. However, the question was raised of whether more
substantive changes were needed. The current standards can be found in Title IV
of the Rules
“The work of this task force is extremely important to the
bar’s mission of public protection. I’m confident this group will conduct a
thoughtful review of the guidelines,” Rodriguez said.
The task force is chaired by former State Bar Trustee Karen
Goodman, the former chairwoman of the board committee that oversees discipline.
Its members are: Raul Ayala, Office of the Federal Public Defender; Glenda
Corcoran, board of trustees member; Evan Davis, U.S. Department of Justice;
Daniel Dean of Ribera Law Firm and board of trustees member; Jim Fox of the
State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel; David George, public member; James O.
Heiting of Heiting & Irwin Attorneys at Law; Beth Jay, Supreme Court
advisory member; Carol Langford, Law Office of Carol M. Langford; Steve Lewis,
Steven A. Lewis, Attorney at Law; Ellen Peck, Ellen R. Peck, Lawyer; Judith
Sklar, Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office; and Adam Torres, Stroz
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