Dysfunction on Display as Joe Dunn Faces Off Against Bar Over Firing

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Leaks, secret meetings and bar politics were featured topics on the first day of the arbitration to decide the legality of Dunn's ouster as the bar's executive director.

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  • Ms Goldman

    I agree that the California State Bar is Negligent in failing to protect the public from egregious, unconscionable attorneys and the impropriety those attorneys conduct themselves in misusing the judicial system to harm former clients. Joe Dunn is a HERO to have whistle blown on the WORTHLESS State Bar of California. Shame on the California State Bar (WHICH SHOULD BE IN THE HOT SEAT IN FRONT ON ALL SENATORS) for fostering a place for their attorneys to continue to steal money and harm the public.

  • Katherine

    Nice to see the waste of my bar dues on these proceedings.

  • Tore Dahlin

    Thanks to Scott Graham for this very informative report. As a Bar reform advocate who has followed this affair, it always seemed that the clash between Mr. Dunn and Ms. Kim was the root of Mr. Dunn‘s firing. Office of Chief Trial Counsel has always been a major power at the Bar, and at the time, Mr. Dunn was firing a number of experienced OCTC attorneys, some of whom had a reputation for being quite abusive in their methods of prosecution. More recently Ms. Kim resigned after the union representing OCTC attorneys publicly complained to the Board about Ms. Kim‘s enforcement of unreasonable guidelines that made discipline case settlement more difficult and was apparently not going over well with Bar judges. The added details coming out of the arbitration proceedings reinforce long-standing opinions that governance of the lawyer regulation system in California continue to be in need of a major overhaul.

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