CA State Bar Achieves Zero? State Bar Issues Undignified Press Release & Fails to Accept Responsibility

January 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

Also see:  What Does Retaliatory Prosecution Really Look Like?

About an hour ago the California State Bar issued a press release claiming to have cleared all 1,500 complaints of attorney misconduct from its backlog. 

What is absent from the press release is what happened to these 1,500 complaints? 

Were attorneys disciplined?  Did the California State Bar make restitution to consumers harmed by its members? 

What are the FACTS?  What did they DO with these complaints?  They could have eliminated all of the complaints by throwing them in the trash as far as this press release communicates.

“Atta boys” are great but very undignified in this situation considering thousands of consumers lost their homes as a direct result of the California State Bar’s failure to act to discipline its attorney members while the fraud was happening.  

It’s shameful, to say the least, to put on a big show about how proud they are of each other — when they have not even begun to accept respsonsibility for their misconduct in the first place.  And they have not even scratched the surface on making things right with the people behind these complaints.

To the California State Bar:  Please list all the consumers harmed and what you did to make it right with them.  We know for a fact that you did nothing with the claims against James Parsa, Parsa Law Group, National Loan Modification Center, Modify 123, etc.

In fact, the California State Bar has put in 3 years of retaliatory prosecution against Miss Erin Baldwin TO CONCEAL their liability to consumers.  See:

And speaking of James Parsa, exactly why was Sean P. Martin, State Bar No. 217842 DISBARRED for conviction of  Penal Code § 261.5(b), attempted sexual intercourse with a minor, when  James Parsa was merely SUSPENDED and has never been disbarred.  He was convicted of TWO  counts of Penal Code § 261.5(b), out of NINE charges against him.  See Parsa’s charges:  Crimes Involving Moral Turpitude 

Here is the press release … an insulting, arrogant display of complete ambivalence to the losses incurred as a direct result of their organization and its attorney members:  

Tue Jan 3, 2012 4:33pm EST

State Bar Achieves “Zero”

Agency clears backlog of investigations

After more than four months of concentrated effort under the guidance of Acting Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim, the State Bar of California has eliminated its backlog of investigations into California lawyers accused of professional misconduct. This fulfills a pledge made by the bar’s executive leadership last summer to permanently eradicate an issue that has existed since at least the 1980s.

Governed by state law, bar investigations are generally considered in “backlog” if an investigation is more than six months old and has not been completed or otherwise resolved. As of July 1, 2011, the bar had more than 1,500 investigations with backlog status with approximately 1,500 additional cases scheduled to roll into backlog had the Bar not completed or resolved those investigations.

“While we mark this success with pride, we also understand that the long-term challenge remains ahead of us,” said Joseph Carlucci, assistant chief trial counsel, who headed the LA backlog team. “We are committed to maintaining this success by making sure that all future disciplinary cases are addressed promptly and appropriately.”

Kim, a former bar prosecutor and assistant US attorney in Southern California, returned September 2011 as the bar’s chief enforcer. While acknowledging the bar’s historic inability to control its backlog inventory, Kim declared an end to the days of a chronic investigations backlog at the State Bar.

“It’s a new day at the State Bar,” she said. “It’s exciting to be back and to see the high level of commitment by staff. This success is a result of their ability to step up and shine during challenging times.”

Jon Streeter, president of the bar’s 23-member Board of Trustees, underscored the board’s efforts to create management parameters meant to help ensure a timely disciplinary process from initial complaint through final resolution.

“That work to create the necessary policies is underway,” said Streeter, who took office as president in September 2011. “And this board fully understands the critical, long-term importance of this work, not just in terms of disciplinary efficiencies, but on behalf of all Californians.”

Kim added that her office has already initiated significant improvements to its organizational structure and to training development. She also credited State Bar executives – led by Executive Director Joe Dunn, a former state senator from Orange County – for spearheading the right level of philosophical and operational changes needed to permanently end the backlog issue. “The bar’s primary focus is public protection,” Kim explained. “And we cannot be an effective consumer protection agency if we are constantly battling backlogs.”

Once an investigation is complete, Kim added, the case is generally considered ready for filing of charges in State Bar Court or other forms of resolution, including dismissal.

During this post-investigation phase of the case, the bar and the accused lawyer may also engage in various settlement discussions that could require additional time and generate a post-investigations backlog. Since her return to the bar last fall, Kim and her office have reduced this post-investigations backlog inventory from approximately 600 to less than 190.

“Jayne and her team truly deserve tremendous credit,” said Dunn, who made the so-called ‘Zero’ pledge in July 2011. “She saw what needed to be done and she redirected her resources and got it done. She’s the bar’s ‘new sheriff’ and I have absolute confidence in her.”

State Bar of California
Bill Chiang, 415-538-2283


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