CPIL's Bridget Gramme '03 (JD) (Quoted in Daily Journal Article on State Bar's Contract to Receive Alerts on Attorney’s Arrests

LOS ANGELES (July 14, 2017) University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) administrative director and supervising attorney Bridget Fogarty Gramme, ’03 (JD), was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article reporting on a recent court victory by a certified public accountant who refused to pay a fingerprinting fee and sued the California Board of Accountancy.

This case may shed light on the difficulty the State Bar could face if it attempts to charge thousands of attorneys for re-fingerprinting to be notified when they are arrested. According to the article, the issue of updating fingerprint records affects a wide variety of state oversight agencies. Along with other agencies the bar is also attempting to comply with a 1989 state law demanding it keep fingerprints which would cost $9.3 million to re-fingerprint 190,000 attorneys.

Attorneys, accountants, and other professionals will eventually bear the cost of fingerprinting either way, said Gramme. This is because these oversight agencies are funded by member dues.

“I think it will be a challenge because they are going to have to get the Legislature to approve higher fees,” Gramme said. “I don’t sense that there is a political will for that right now, which is unfortunate, because the public are the ones who are going to suffer.”

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, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

 

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