Wilson signs bill to initiate inactive status

Attorneys who face a recommendation of disbarment by the State Bar Court will automatically be placed on involuntary inactive status beginning Jan 1, 1997.

Gov. Pete Wilson recently signed AB 2787, authored by Assembly-woman Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, which will also subject attorneys to summary disbarment for conviction of any felony involving moral turpitude, rather than just those which involve the practice of law.

The measure was crafted to shorten the length of time it takes to disbar an attorney, which currently runs six months to a year. Bar discipline officials say that it now could be shortened to about three months.

Sponsored by the State Bar, with input from the California District Attorneys Association, the bill also will: