New push to force California lawyers to report misconduct by fellow attorneys

December 7, 2022

An influential Sacramento lawmaker has proposed legislation that would require California’s 266,000 lawyers to report misconduct by colleagues to the State Bar, the agency that regulates the legal profession.

The bill introduced this week by state Sen. Tom Umberg (D-Orange) comes after a Times story noting that California is the only state that does not require or encourage lawyers to turn in their peers for wrongdoing and that highlighted how that outlier status may have figured into the corruption by Los Angeles legal legend Tom Girardi.

Umberg, a practicing attorney who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview that the Girardi scandal had exposed numerous shortcomings in the legal system.

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