CPIL’s Executive Director, Professor Robert Fellmeth Quoted in ABA Journal On Bar Court Discipline Hearings Being Vacated

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

SAN DIEGO (March 25, 2020) – University of San Diego (USD) School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Law (CPIL), Executive Director Robert Fellmeth was quoted in an article in the ABA Journal on the fact that several states have postponed attorney discipline hearings because of the coronavirus.

According to the article, several states, including California, have postponed attorney discipline hearings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  The State Bar of California announced that its offices would be closed through April 13 and that all attorney discipline events through that date were vacated.  They are still permitting electronic filing of pleadings and other documents.

According to the article, Robert C. Fellmeth, executive director for CPIL criticized the California bar for postponing disciplinary case hearings. Fellmeth, says the agency should have turned to technology to permit the hearings to move forward. He highlighted that the bar’s primary mission is to protect the public from unscrupulous lawyers.

“You don’t stop protecting people,” Fellmeth says. “Lawyers can do continuing harm.”

Read the full article by Lyle Moran in the ABA Journal here.

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.



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