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Whistleblower Case Involving California State Bar Association Sent to Arbitration

Tuesday, June, 23, 2015

A former California state bar director has made whistleblower claims and will have his case heard in arbitration. Former state Senator Joe Dunn brought a complaint against the bar and its president, Craig Holden this past November. The claim stated that Dunn was ousted from his position as chief executive when he reported ethical breaches that he had witnessed. Dunn had held that position since 2010.


The judge tentatively ordered the case to an arbitration meeting and that order was finalized on June 12.


Dunn was elected to California’s 34th Senate District in central Orange County in 1998. He won re-election but lost his bid in 2006 for Democratic primary for state controller. Prior to his political career he worked for four years as CEO of the California Medical Association.


Dunn’s report was filed on Jayne Kim, the chief trial counsel. Dunn claims Kim removed more than 260 backlogged cases from internal reports to make it look as if her office had completed the work. Dunn also claimed the bar had failed to enforce state legislation that had been created and implement to cut down on fraudulent behavior by attorneys. He amended his complaint in April with a claim that former principal counsel to the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Beth Jay had played an instrumental role in his firing.


The case will now be heard in arbitration, where an arbitrator will determine if Dunn was treated unfairly and what should be done to remedy the situation, if anything.