CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Sacramento Business Journal Article on Proposed Continuing-Ed Requirements for Lawyers

CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Sacramento Business Journal Article on Proposed Continuing-Ed Requirements for Lawyers

Sacramento (July 9, 2015) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Administrative Director Julie D'Angelo Fellmeth was quoted in a Sacramento Business Journal article reporting on the State Bar of California's proposal to increase continuing education requirements for lawyers.

California ranks near the bottom of states that have mandatory requirements. Only Alaska and Hawaii require fewer hours, according the National Committee of Bar Examiners. California requires active attorneys to take 25 hours of legal education classes every three years. Some states require 45.

“Twenty-five hours is pathetic,” said USD's Fellmeth, who manages CPIL's advocacy projects from legislative advocacy on bills of interest to CPIL, to litigation in public interest test cases, to research and writing on CPIL's major published reports, including the State Bar Discipline Monitor reports. Since 1994, she has frequently testified at California's "sunset review" hearings to assist the legislative and executive branches in reviewing the necessity and performance of the state's occupational licensing agencies.

There’s no requirement that includes a lawyer's field of practice. "An immigration attorney can take a bankruptcy seminar,” Fellmeth added. “And there are lots of exemptions. I’m exempt because I’m a full-time law professor, but I could represent my brother-in-law in a DUI tomorrow and have no idea what I’m doing.”

One of the new state bar proposals would increase minimum continuing legal education hours to 36 and would require at least 12 hours be relevant to an attorney’s practice area. The other proposal would require 10 additional continuing education hours for attorneys in their first year of practice. Both plans require approval from the Legislature and California Supreme Court before they can take effect.

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About Julianne D’Angelo Fellmeth

Julianne D'Angelo Fellmeth serves as administrative director of the Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law and editor of the California Regulatory Law Reporter. She supervises CPIL's student intern program, team-teaches regulatory law courses with Professor Robert C. Fellmeth, and assists law students in their monitoring of agencies and drafting of articles for the California Regulatory Law Reporter.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni success, 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 900 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 81 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 23rd worldwide 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.

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