Friday, January 4, 2008
A post on the web page of the California State Bar reports that a proposal is being considered to modify the diversion program for attorneys:
"Attempting to tighten rules governing its discipline diversion program for attorneys with addiction or mental health problems, a State Bar committee has recommended a series of changes to restrict eligibility for the program. The proposals also would require that admissions of misconduct by diverted lawyers would be made public and decisions made by the State Bar Court concerning the program would be subject to review."
This is an issue worth monitoring, as the use of diversion raises important issues concerning how self-regulation works. (Mike Frisch)