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CPIL’s Robert C. Fellmeth Quoted in Daily Journal Article on State Bar to be notified of Attorney’s Arrests

CPIL’s Robert C. Fellmeth Quoted in Daily Journal Article on State Bar to be notified of Attorney’s Arrests

Los Angeles (May 31, 2017) - University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) executive director and Professor Robert C. Fellmeth was quoted in a Los Angeles Daily Journal article reporting on the State Bar’s plans to sign a contract with the California Department of Justice (DOJ) to be notified when licensed lawyers are arrested.

According to the article, the bar will receive automatic alerts when one of its members is convicted of a crime. The deal will only apply to lawyers licensed after the agreement is signed, not the more than 185,000 active bar members.

While serving as the official appointed by the attorney general to monitor the bar’s discipline system from 1987 to 1992, Fellmeth had recommended the Legislature require the bar to obtain the arrest notifications. Fellmeth said information about arrests would give the bar the chance to take action against an attorney prior to a conviction, if necessary.

“It could be a slam dunk case where they could take immediate action to protect the attorney’s clients,” said Fellmeth, who also thinks the bar should make an effort to re-fingerprint all of its current members so it could also receive arrest notifications about them.

Read Professor Fellmeth's opinion editorial on the California Bar. 

 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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