Report 2015-047 Recommendation 2 Responses

Report 2015-047: The State Bar of California: Its Lack of Transparency Has Undermined Its Communications With Decision Makers and Stakeholders (Release Date: May 2016)

Recommendation #2 To: Bar of California, State

To ensure that it maximizes its cost-recovery efforts related to the Client Security Fund, the State Bar should adopt a policy to file for money judgments against disciplined attorneys for all eligible amounts as soon as possible after courts settle the discipline cases.

Agency Response*

The State Bar is filing judgments for all eligible cases. Dedicated staff have been assigned to this activity.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Completion Date: February 2017
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Partially Implemented

The State Bar asserts that it is now filing judgments for all eligible cases, however, it has not provided us with an adopted policy to file for money judgments for all eligible amounts as soon as possible after courts settle discipline cases.


Agency Response*

No change from previous submission.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date: 6/30/17
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


Agency Response*

Under the direction of the State Bar's General Counsel, dedicated staff are now addressing a backlog of judgment filings covering a several year period during which the Bar had put such work on a hiatus; while the State Auditor's recommendation may in fact be appropriate, a cost benefit analysis of the current effort should be conducted prior to adoption of a policy regarding universal judgment filing.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date: 12/31/2016
  • Response Date: July 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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