At his blog, KafkaEsq., David offers his thoughts about the shifting currents in regulation of lawyers out here. Excerpt:
So now we have the bizarre situation of the State Bar adopting a rule that advanced fees don’t have to be placed in trust, a rule that you would expect to be forwarded to the Supreme Court, and then the State Bar sponsoring Legislation that would require advanced fees to be placed in trust.
This institutional schizophrenia may be what State Bar President Luis Rodriguez was obliquely referring to in his opening remarks at the recent annual State Bar Ethics Symposium in San Francisco. He practically pleaded with the audience, many of them California lawyers with a high degree of involvement in ethics, to scrutinize carefully proposals coming from the State Bar. One could wonder who is running the place.