CPIL's Ed Howard Quoted in Courthouse News Article Regarding Senate-Approved State Bar Transparency Bill

CPIL's Ed Howard Quoted in Courthouse News Article Regarding Senate-Approved State Bar Transparency Bill

Pasadena, Calif. (September 11, 2015) – Ed Howard, senior counsel and senior policy analyst for University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), was quoted in a Courthouse News Service article reporting on SB 387, a bill adding transparency to the California State Bar that was inspired by a probe from the state auditor.

The bill was unanimously passed by the California Senate on Friday, after being unanimously approved by the State Assembly. If signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, Senate Bill 387 will require the state bar to abide by the same transparency laws as other state agencies, specifically the California Public Records Act and the Bagley-Keene Act.

The bill passed the state senate for a second time after a few last-minute amendments were added by the state assembly, said Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson, D-Santa Barbara.

USD's CPIL, a frequent critic of bar governance, lobbied for stronger amendments, including the elimination of the six elected attorney positions on the board of trustees and moving the bar's disciplinary functions to the attorney general's office. 

"What remains for the legislature to address is a state bar governance structure with conflict of interest baked into its DNA: where the regulated absurdly vote for who will regulate them, where the regulator also serves as the rah-rah trade association for the profession, and where the voices of the objective public members are drowned out by a chorus of more than two times as many lawyer members," said Howard, the center's lobbyist and a USD expert on regulatory enforcement.

According to CPIL's administrative director, Julie Fellmeth, "this bill represents 30 years of work for us—literally—we started this in 1985.”

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About Ed Howard

A recognized expert in regulatory and administrative law, Ed Howard is the senior counsel and legislative advocate for both the Children’s Advocacy Institute and Center for Public Interest Law at USD School of Law. His expertise in California legislative politics and policy stems from years as special counsel and chief policy advisor to a California state senator and as chief consultant of two standing California legislative committees. During his years as a staffer in the Legislature, he spearheaded the enactment of numerous and nationally trend-setting laws in the areas of privacy, technology, IT procurement, the regulation of licensed professions, health care, and consumer rights.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Celebrating 60 years of alumni and student 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 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 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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