Public Law

Public Law Journal: Fall 2016, Vol. 39, No. 4

Message from the Chair

By John Appelbaum*

THE PUBLIC LAW SECTION IS EMBRACING THE CHALLENGES OF A REFORMED BAR

The State Bar has recently come under increased scrutiny for its regulatory and educational functions. State audits have highlighted concerns about case backlogs, maintenance of enforcement standards and the appropriateness of expenditures. The public has a right to expect that its attorneys will be held to the highest ethical standards through long-needed bar reforms.

Against this backdrop, the Public Law Section is poised to continue offering improved educational opportunities and value to its membership while embracing these reforms. Over the last three years, the Section forged partnerships with California law schools and high-ranking public officials to provide encouragement and advice to students pursuing public-service related careers. This program has been implemented in Sacramento/Davis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego to extremely positive reviews. Our commitment to students is also exemplified through our Student Writing Competition where students get the opportunity to publish articles and to be recognized at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting.

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