Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Los Angeles (March 14, 2017) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) executive director Professor Bob Fellmeth and CPIL’s administrative director Bridget Gramme were quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article reporting on the State Bar’s recent decision to delay action on a new antitrust policy.
The bar’s proposed policy would instruct board members, employees and volunteers to bring any antitrust concerns to the agency’s Office of General Counsel for review. If the general counsel’s office determined there were legitimate antitrust issues surrounding a proposed action or policy decision, it would make recommendations to the board about how to address them. The bar would also seek the state Supreme Court’s approval prior to implementing any such actions.
CPIL is a critic of the bar’s antitrust proposal. In written testimony submitted to the bar last Thursday, Fellmeth said the bar’s antitrust policy should include a request for the state Supreme Court to set up a commission of six to 10 people that would review bar board actions that may be anticompetitive.
“This should properly include decisions impacting the pass point on the bar exam, admissions policies, scope of practice determinations, and decisions relating to unauthorized practice” of law, Fellmeth wrote.
“We are happy they are going to look at the proposed policy again,” said Gramme. “It is something they really need to take seriously.”
About Center for Public Interest Law
Founded in 1980, the University of San Diego School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) serves as an academic center of research and advocacy in regulatory and public interest law. CPIL focuses its efforts on the study of an extremely powerful, yet often overlooked, level of government: state regulatory agencies. Under the supervision of experienced public interest attorneys and advocates, CPIL law student interns study California agencies that regulate business, professions, and trades.
CPIL publishes the California Regulatory Law Reporter, a unique legal journal that covers the activities and decisions of over 25 major California regulatory agencies.
In addition to its academic program, CPIL has an advocacy component. Center faculty, professional staff, and interns represent the interests of the unorganized and underrepresented in California’s legislature, courts, and regulatory agencies. CPIL attempts to make the regulatory functions of California government more efficient and visible by serving as a public monitor of state regulatory activity. The Center has been particularly active in reforming the state’s professional discipline systems for attorneys and physicians, and in advocating public interest reforms to the state’s open meetings and public records statutes.
About the University of San Diego School of Law
The University of San Diego (USD) School of Law is recognized for the excellence of its faculty, depth of its curriculum, and strength of its clinical programs. Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.
USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school’s faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 24th nationally and 6th on the West Coast in all-time faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, nonprofit, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.