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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  • 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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