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Can CA disbar an attorney who represents herself and has been declared a vexatious litigant in state and federal courts?

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The attorney is licensed to practice in CA. There have been several formal complaints filed with the Bar but no action has been taken in over 4 years. The attorney has been declared a vexatious litigant in state and federal courts.

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The California Bar has jurisdiction over the attorney and can sanction, censure, suspend or disbar any attorney found guilty of a wide variety of transgressions. They cannot do this, though, without conducting a hearing and issuing a finding and recommendation that is reviewable by the court.

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A licensing bar regulates the professional ethical behavior of its licensees. Very little behavior not in the service of a client (commission of a crime is the primary exception) is regulated as a matter of ethics. It is possible, therefore, that a bar association would be powerless to sanction an attorney functioning as a self-represented litigant.

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They can, but apparently the complaints havent been serious enough so far, unless they have started the process, and just havent completed yet. Contact the Bar about your concerns or complaint.

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