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San Francisco, Aug. 27, 2012 – In response to a request by the State Bar, the California Supreme Court today returned 18 of 24 attorney discipline cases to the bar for further analysis. The order makes a total of 42 cases that are undergoing additional review.

On June 21, the Supreme Court remanded 24 cases to the bar for reconsideration, citing the applicable attorney discipline standards outlined in In re Silverton (2005) 36 Cal.4th 81, 89-94 and In re Brown (1995) 12 Cal.4th 205, 220.

In light of that order, the bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel moved to return an additional 24 cases that had been sent to the court but not yet acted upon. The bar argued that the cases selected required further consideration under the authority cited by the Supreme Court.

Today, the California Supreme Court denied the bar’s motion, but on its own motion returned 18 of the 24 cases the bar had sought for review.

“We respect the court’s order and we’ll immediately begin processing the additional cases,” State Bar Executive Director/CEO Joe Dunn said. “In the interest of public protection, it’s important to make sure the correct discipline is imposed.”

The Supreme Court has primary constitutional authority over attorney admissions and the practice of law. The bar serves as its administrative arm, making recommendations for attorney discipline.

A copy of the motion, which lists the 18 cases being returned, is available on request.


The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. By August 2012, membership reached 238,000.