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This Article is a case study of the California State Bar lawyer discipline system in crisis. The Bar's lawyer discipline system is the official state mechanism for regulating the professional conduct of California's more than 100,000 lawyers. The State Bar in California self-regulates as an adjunct of the judicial branch of government. The State Bar operates in this capacity as a quasi-governmental body while at the same time functioning as a professional organization, of which one role is to represent the collective interests of California lawyers. This is truly an extraordinary status. Unlike most other occupational groups, the legal profession has long enjoyed the privilege of regulating itself largely free from state or other external interference.


Reprinted from Pepperdine Law Review, Volume 22, Number 2, 1995. Copyright 1995 by the Pepperdine University School of Law.

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