Report 2017-030 Recommendation 17 Responses

Report 2017-030: The State Bar of California: It Needs Additional Revisions to Its Expense Policies to Ensure That It Uses Funds Prudently (Release Date: June 2017)

Recommendation #17 To: Bar of California, State

To better measure how well its attorney discipline program is meeting the State Bar's core mission to protect the public from attorney misconduct, the State Bar should, by December 2017, identify key goals and metrics for the attorney discipline system.

1-Year Agency Response

The State Bar has undertaken the following activities related to developing goals and metrics for the attorney discipline system:

-Pilot tested client satisfaction/procedural justice measures; working to improve response rate and develop similar measures for respondent attorneys;

-Identified metrics for Office of the Chief Trial Counsel, State Bar Court, Office of Probation, Lawyer Assistance Program, and Client Security Fund;

-Working on data extraction, transformation and loading to produce reports on identified metrics;

-Working on changing State Bar rules to facilitate data sharing among State Bar divisions.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2018
  • Response Date: June 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Pending


6-Month Agency Response

State Bar staff is working with the Board of Trustees' Committee on Regulation and Discipline to develop key goals and metrics for the attorney discipline system.

  • Estimated Completion Date: May 2018
  • Response Date: December 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

We look forward to the State Bar providing a more complete description of its actions to implement our recommendations, as well as evidence of those actions, at its one-year response in June 2018.


60-Day Agency Response

State Bar staff is working with the Board of Trustees' Committee on Regulation and Discipline to develop key goals and metrics for the attorney discipline system.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 31, 2017
  • Response Date: August 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2017-030

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.