The proposed reorganization is separate and apart from the changes in the State Bar's governance which are anticipated to take place with the expected enactment of SB 163, which (if the bill is enacted in its current form - see earlier post) will change the Bar from an organization overseen primarily by elected attorneys. SB 163 is currently on the Assembly Floor awaiting a final vote by that house, which would send it back to the Senate for concurrence and then to Governor Brown for signature. There have been rumors that the bill may be returned to the Assembly Judiciary Committee for some late amendments, but so far nothing of kind has taken place.
The changes contained in the proposed reorganization and anticipated enactment of SB 163 come hard on the heels of major changes in the Bar's attorney discipline system earlier this year, beginning with the resignation of Chief Trial Counsel James Towery and the subsequent dismissal of four of the top administrators of the discipline system. The issue of an Interim Chief Trial Counsel is also on the agenda for the Board's August 30 meeting, but to be considered in closed session as a personnel matter.