Public Law

Public Law Journal: Summer 2014, Vol. 37, No. 3

Message from the Chair

By David H. Hirsch*

This issue’s Message from the Chair provides an opportunity to share a broader perspective about some State Bar activities. With over 181,000 active members the State Bar of California is a large and diverse organization. While the Sections are committed to providing programs to benefit their members, it is important to keep in mind that the State Bar is a judicial branch regulatory agency whose primary focus is public protection by maintaining the standards of the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services.

"… With over 181,000 active members the State Bar of California is a large and diverse organization."

Last Fall, State Bar President Luis Rodriguez invited the State Bar’s sixteen Section Chairs to participate in his monthly conference calls with local bar association Presidents. He also instituted quarterly conference calls with the Section Chairs. State Bar Chief Executive Officer Joe Dunn also participates on the calls. In the March call, President Rodriguez and CEO Dunn gave updates on a wide range of State Bar programs and initiatives, providing insights into the proverbial "big picture", underscoring the State Bar’s primary purpose of regulating the profession and protecting the public.

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