California Attorneys, Administrative Law Judges and Hearing Officers in State Employment
Dear Member of Bargaining Unit 2:
As many of you may be aware, there was a recent amendment to Government Code §§ 6250, et seq., the so-called "California Public Records Act." As a result of this amendment, present and past State Bar website "Profile" information is now subject to PRA requests.
Up until January 1, 2016, member profile records from the State Bar were immune PRA requests. Now that has changed and your "Profile" information is subject to being divulged. This includes your name, address, phone number, Bar number, specialization, status, status history and discipline history. Additionally, for any member who is not on the "Opt Out" status with the State Bar, your public e-mail address, facsimile number, school history and section membership could be revealed.
Bargaining Unit 2 members are urged to go to My State Bar Profile and review their name and address information. If a member has previously listed their home address, (including any priorlisting of their home address) as a part of their State Bar Profile, that could now be divulged as a result of a valid PRA filing.
The State Bar has advised CASE that members send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with "CPRA Request for Bar [your Bar number], [your name]" in the subject line, and request that home address information may be withheld. In the body of the e-mail, completely identify all home address or addresses you wish to be withheld. Be advised, however, that since the State Bar is required to maintain a "public address of record" (Business & Professions Code § 6002) for each member, you must first change the address listed in "My State Bar Profile" before your home address may be withheld.
Please contact the State Bar Member Services division if you have any other questions or concerns.
As always, your support of CASE and your colleagues in Bargaining Unit 2 is greatly appreciated.
The CASE Board of Directors