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  1. Career & Technical Education Investigator State Bar of California Office of Enforcement

  2. Externship Goals • To understand how the State Bar regulates and disciplines over 220,000 attorneys in California • To understand the skills needed to conduct a variety of investigations as they relate to attorney misconduct • To discover a variety of investigative career opportunities

  3. Office Of Enforcement:Chief Investigator State Bar of California 1149 S. Hill Street, 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 765-1000 www.calbar.org

  4. Requirements • 4 Year Bachelors Degree or 5 years investigative experience • Good moral character (no arrests/convictions) • Valid Driver License-Good driving record • Excellent communication skills • Proficient with WORD, Excel, Powerpoint, Quicken

  5. Typical Day of a Chief Investigator • Caseload of 50-75 cases • Interview witnesses by phone or in person • Interview attorney(s) under investigation • Gather records/evidence from banks, courts, insurance companies, etc • Task Force meetings (work with other agencies) • Review/Analyze records • Field investigation (going out to law offices) • Testify in court • Write reports

  6. Benefits Salary $4,700-$8,100 per month 5 Weeks Vacation each year 10 paid Holidays each year 2 personal days/1 floating holiday per year 2 Weeks sick time per year PERS (Public Employees Retirement System) 2% for each year paid by employer Excellent medical, and dental benefits

  7. Job Duties Investigate complaints against attorneys for misconduct Source of complaints: public, courts, banks, other attorneys, insurance companies Investigate unlicensed practice of law Work with law enforcements and prosecutors in the criminal prosecution Completed investigations result in the following dispositions: A) Prosecution for ethical misconduct in State Bar Court; B) Prosecution for criminal misconduct in criminal court; C) Some sort of warning or reprimand; D) Close the investigation with no action

  8. Most common investigations -Theft of funds -Abandonment of client -Failure to peform competently -Misconduct in court (ie, perjury, lying to a Judge) -Failure to communicate with clients -Unlawful Practice of Law (individuals that practice without a license)

  9. Job Tools

  10. Observant Organized Literate Listener Honest Would you be a good Investigator?

  11. Classroom Application • Student will learn about little-known careers in the Public Services path • Students will learn how skill sets acquired in college can help students get work in the field of law without being an attorney • Students will learn about the need to have agencies that investigate and regulate other professions in order to protect the public

  12. How to apply State Bar of California Human Resources 1149 S. Hill Street, 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213) 765-1000 www.calbar.org