CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Daily Journal Article on New Transparency Measures for State Bar

CPIL's Julie Fellmeth Quoted in Daily Journal Article on New Transparency Measures for State Bar

Los Angeles (November 5, 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 Los Angeles Daily Journal article reporting on new transparency measures at the State Bar which are scheduled to take effect in 2016. 

The Board of Trustees' Executive Committee gave its backing Tuesday to a repeal of the State Bar's open meeting rules. Instead, the bar plans to comply with the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act for state boards. 

The State Bar has had open meeting rules in place, but they have not been in full compliance with Bagley-Keene.

D'Angelo Fellmeth, who manages CPIL's advocacy projects from legislative advocacy on bills of interest to CPIL, said the center has been pushing for the State Bar to comply with Bagley-Keene since it reneged on a promise to do so in 1985.

"I'm looking forward to them coming into full compliance with the same transparency laws that have applied to all other state professional licensing boards since the late 1960s," D'Angelo Fellmeth said. She hopes the State Bar goes above and beyond simply complying with the mandates in the legislation, and also considers webcasting its board and committee meetings, as well as regularly posting the minutes in a place that is easily accessible to the public.

Embracing the public records law will likely require more significant changes for the State Bar, as the organization has not had comprehensive rules governing access to its records. Instead the State Bar has weighed "the public's interest in disclosure of a record against any countervailing interest, including confidentiality of a record sought," according to a July memo provided to the board. 

The organization will now have a clear standard that provides direction as to what records must be given to the public upon request and which ones do not have to be disclosed.

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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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