State Bar of California News Release
For Immediate Release: Oct. 2, 2017
State Bar Prepares to Implement Historic Reforms Following Gov. Brown Signature on the Agency’s Annual Fee Bill
On October 2, 2017, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB 36 into law, the fee bill for the State Bar of California. In addition to setting the annual licensing fee for lawyers, SB 36 includes historic reforms for the public protection agency.
The reforms include:
“These reforms will allow the State Bar to focus on protecting Californians who need access to ethical and competent attorneys by regulating the practice of law, pursuing diversity in the profession and our justice system, and promoting access to justice for Californians of every income level,” said State Bar President Michael G. Colantuono.
“SB 36 supports the State Bar in our ongoing reforms to focus on our mission of public protection. While transition and change can present challenges, I am confident that we are on the right track to best serve the people of California,” said State Bar Executive Director Leah T. Wilson.
The legislation maintains the basic annual licensing fee at $315 for practicing attorneys with active status, the amount the Legislature has set since 2000. Combined with additional fees, the total 2018 fee for active status lawyers will be $430, and $155 for attorneys with inactive status. All fees will be due Feb. 1, 2018.
“The State Bar of California’s mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system.”