Competency Skills Task Force to Begin Implementation Phase

Contact: Laura Ernde 

415-538-2283

laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 6, 2013 – State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez has appointed a 30-member task force to conduct hearings on the implementation of proposed competency skills training requirements aimed at better preparing aspiring lawyers for the profession.

The first meeting of the Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform Phase II - Implementation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Dec. 16 at 180 Howard St. in San Francisco. It will be chaired by former State Bar President Jon B. Streeter, who chaired the task force that developed the proposals during Phase I.

The recommendation calls for:

  • 15 units of pre-admission competency training during law school
  • 50 hours of service to pro bono or modest means clients
  • 10 hours of additional competency training MCLE (minimum continuing legal education) or mentoring in the first year of admission

The task force is composed of attorneys, judges, academics and pro bono directors representing a wide variety of interests.
“Through the hard work of this committee, the State Bar is taking bold steps towards a better future for the legal profession,” Rodriguez said.

Those interested in following the work of the implementation task force may subscribe to notices and agendas on the task force website.

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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 December 2013, membership reached 244,000.