|Senator Noreen Evans|
The Board of Governors has appointed a "Transition Plan Subcommittee" of its Planning, Program Development and Budget Committee, which will develop a "Proposed Plan to Transition the Bar to a Smaller Board." The committee is chaired by third year governor Patrick Kelly of Los Angeles, and includes attorney members Alec Chang, Craig Holden, and Loren Kieve, and public members Dennis Mangers and Gwen Moore. It will hold its initial meeting on Monday, October 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bar's San Francisco office.
The undisputed good news about the signing of SB 163 is that the bill extends for another year the Bar's authority to collect fees from the state's lawyers, thereby ensuring the continuation of the Bar's activities - and primarily its attorney discipline system - for the coming year. The fees authorized under the bill are reduced by a $10 rebate, and all members will also be given the option of designating that $20 of their fees (as opposed to the current $10) go to support legal services programs. In addition, the bill memorializes the Bar's agreement to transfer $2 million in each of the next two fiscal years from funds received from non-mandatory sources to the IOLTA program, again for the support of legal services.
For a detailed description of these and other provisions of SB 163, see the final Assembly Judiciary Committee analysis of the bill prepared for its September 2, 2011, hearing.