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CPIL’s Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal on Bar’s Request for More Time to Report Convictions

CPIL’s Executive Director Robert Fellmeth Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal on Bar’s Request for More Time to Report Convictions

SAN DIEGO (July 31, 2019) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL) Executive Director Robert C. Fellmeth was quoted in an article in Los Angeles Daily Journal on the State Bar’s request to the legislature for more time to report conviction records to the State Bar Court.

The State Bar’s recent re-fingerprinting process produced thousands of reports of attorney convictions for the Bar to review.  The current requirement states that the Bar report felony or misdemeanor convictions involving moral turpitude to the State Bar Court within five days.  The Bar believes this is unrealistic and would like the legislature to extend the time requirement to 30 days.

Robert C. Fellmeth, former State Bar discipline monitor, and executive director at CPIL, said “the influx of attorney conviction reports due to re-fingerprinting was no reason for the bar to be given a month for conviction referrals.  He said, “a delay in reporting could give an attorney more time to take advantage of clients prior to disciplinary action being handed down.”  Fellmeth gave an example of “a lawyer who has been convicted of molesting an underage client and has other under age clients.”

“There is simply no reason for a delay of 30 days,” said Fellmeth. “The second a conviction occurs, the court ought to know about it within five to 10 days at the most.”

To read the full article by Lyle Moran in Los Angeles Daily Journal click here. [Subscription required]

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 12 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

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law 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 law 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 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year 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.

Robert C. Fellmeth, Executive Director the Center for Public Interest Law

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