Understanding California’s New Mandatory Reporting Rule for Attorney Misconduct



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Understanding California’s New Mandatory Reporting Rule for Attorney Misconduct
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Legal Ethics
Original Air Date:
June 29, 2023
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About the Program

This program will offer an in-depth examination of California’s new rule mandating attorneys to report misconduct by their peers. The rule, which takes effect on August 1, 2023, obligates attorneys to notify the State Bar if they have credible evidence that another lawyer has committed a criminal act or engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or other wrongdoing that raises substantial questions regarding the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer. This program will discuss the background, implementation, and implications of the new rule.

Meet the Speakers
Marta A. Alcumbrac
Marta A. Alcumbrac


Robie & Matthai, APC

Marta Alcumbrac is certified as a specialist in legal malpractice law by the State Bar of California. She has successfully represented lawyers and law firms in numerous legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty cases. She regularly identifies strategy for early resolution by quickly obtaining and accurately analyzing the relevant facts and developing a litigation plan for bringing the case to conclusion.

Marta brings the same creativity and determination to the practice of law that she used as a principal founder of the Los Feliz Charter School for the Arts, a public school started when Marta realized that parents in her community wanted another educational option for their children. Before joining Robie & Matthai, she practiced at Bonne, Bridges, Mueller, O’Keefe & Nichols, where her practice focused on the defense of medical malpractice cases. When medical issues are relevant (as they often are in legal malpractice cases arising out of personal injury cases), her medical malpractice expertise is an invaluable asset.

Marta currently is the President of the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel.

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Carole J. Buckner


Senior Counsel

Carole J. Buckner is Senior Counsel in Klinedinst’s San Diego office. Her law experience focuses on litigation in business, employment, real estate and professional liability matters, including internal investigations. She has first chair trial experience in state and federal courts, including jury trials, as well as arbitration and mediation. She has advanced experience in legal ethics, professional responsibility, the law of lawyering, and risk management, including advising law firms and lawyers, and rendering expert opinions on matters involving legal ethics. She also has also served as an arbitrator and mediator. Ms. Buckner has also served as general counsel, managing outside counsel and coordinating with insurance issues.

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