Serious Issue Faces California Attorneys in April State Bar Election

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A serious issue - "limited attorney licensing" - is facing the California State Bar in 2014, according to Janet Brewer, a candidate for the Board of Trustees election this year.

I don't believe it's wise to permit "limited licensing" for those who haven't even attended law school.

Candidate Janet Brewer says "there's something happening this election, and attorneys should take it seriously and not just throw away their ballots", which will be mailed out by the end of April.

Brewer says The State Bar Board of Trustees is considering a proposal that would allow non-lawyers to have “limited licenses” to practice law. "I don't believe it's wise to permit “limited licensing” for those who haven't even attended law school. I believe the Bar should focus on increasing the skills and expertise of law school graduates who have already demonstrated core legal knowledge in passing the Bar, so they can learn to effectively manage a legal practice and mature into competent practitioners."

The weakness in the current job market for recent law school graduates exacerbates this problem. Because these graduates also have large student loans, more of them are opening their own legal practices immediately after passing the Bar. Often, they're not fully prepared to provide competent legal services to the public.

Brewer says limited licensing would be contrary to what she believes is her personal responsibility to "maintain the dignity of the legal profession and foster enhanced public confidence in the Bar."

Janet Brewer is an estate planning specialist (certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization) who has been a sole practitioner for 22 years. She also worked as an “in house” attorney for several publicly-traded corporations and has been designated a "Northern California SuperLawyer” (2007 - 2014).

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