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Public Comment

Free online MCLE

Proposed core curriculum of a maximum of 25 hours of participatory continuing legal education courses in legal ethics at no charge will be made available on a dedicated page on the State Bar website.

Ethics of no contact rule

Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 10-0002 considers whether consent under the “no contact” rule of California Rule of Professional Conduct 2-100 may be implied or must it be provided expressly. If consent may be implied, how is implied consent determined? 

Consumer alert

The Office of the Chief Trial Counsel recommends online posting of a consumer alert when either 15 or more cases of loan modification misconduct are included in disciplinary charges or when loan modification misconduct forms the basis for a petition to remove a law license because of the potential for public harm.

Open meeting rules

Proposed revisions to the State Bar’s open meeting rules would incorporate some requirements of the Bagley-Keene Act. The changes would apply to the board of governors and its committees but not to board-appointed bodies of volunteers.


Proposed Formal Opinion Interim No. 08-0003 considers potential conflict of interest problems that may arise when serving subpoenas on existing clients of a law firm.