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AB-558 State Bar of California: service members: legal services.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 06/27/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 27, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 27, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 558


Introduced by Assembly Member Petrie-Norris
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Boerner Horvath, Gloria, Salas, and Voepel)

February 13, 2019


An act to amend Section 6074 of the Business and Professions Code, relating to professions and vocations.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 558, as amended, Petrie-Norris. State Bar of California: service members: legal services.
The State Bar Act provides for the licensure and regulation of attorneys by the State Bar of California, a public corporation, and requires that the State Bar administer a program to coordinate pro bono civil legal assistance to veterans and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services, as specified. Existing law also requires the state bar State Bar to engage with local bar associations, legal aid organizations, veterans service providers, and volunteer attorneys in providing these services.
This bill would instead require the State Bar to engage with military service providers, along with the other legal aid organizations, veteran service providers, and volunteer attorneys described above, to provide legal services to veterans and service members and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services, and collaborate to improve access to and delivery of these services throughout the state. The bill would revise these provisions to include legislative findings on, among other things, the difficulty of veterans, service members, and their families in securing civil legal assistance. The bill would define the terms “veteran” and “service member” for these purposes.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 6074 of the Business and Professions Code is amended to read:

6074.
 (a) The Legislature finds that securing civil legal assistance is difficult for veterans, service members, and their families who cannot afford legal services, for reasons unique to their military or veteran status. The Legislature further finds that the State Bar is uniquely suited to bring together organizations to help coordinate the delivery of civil legal services for veterans and service members and their families.
(b) The State Bar shall engage with local bar associations, legal aid organizations, veterans service providers, military service providers, and volunteer attorneys and encourage those groups to provide legal services to veterans and service members and their families who otherwise cannot afford legal services and collaborate, as appropriate, to improve access to and delivery of these services throughout the state.
(c)  The State Bar shall provide resources and educational materials to attorneys and the public in order to support the purposes of this section by, among other things, doing the following:
(1) Compiling a list of local bar associations, legal aid organizations, veterans service providers, military service providers, and volunteer attorneys willing to provide pro bono legal services to veterans and service members, organized by city and county, and posting the list on its internet website.
(2) Conducting a statewide survey of programs that provide civil legal assistance to veterans in order to identify whether and where there is a need for legal advice clinics, publishing a report and recommendations based upon its findings no later than December 31, 2018, and posting the report on its internet website.

(d)For the purposes of this section, both of the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(1)“Service member” means a member of an active or reserve component of the United States Armed Forces who is ordered into active duty pursuant to state or federal law.

(2)“Veteran” means any person who has served full time in the United States Armed Forces in time of national emergency or state military emergency or during any expedition of the United States Armed Forces and who has been discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.