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La Jolla Bar Association, July 2017 MCLE Luncheon with David C. Carr

07/13/2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

PLEASE CALENDAR next week’s lunchtime MCLE program on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Noon. The location is the Manhattan of La Jolla Restaurant (inside the Empress Hotel) at 7766 Fay Avenue.

We are pleased to have attorney David C. Carr as our speaker, who will draw on his 30+ years experience in the areas of legal ethics and the “law of lawyering” (attorney discipline defense;  bar admissions and reinstatement; attorney professional responsibility; law office management; and legal ethics advice) in presenting “Competence Issues” – to include interactive discussion of such topics as:

  • Relevant Rules of Professional Conduct on Competence and Communication;
  • Distinctions Between Malpractice and Discipline Standards;
  • Interplay with Law Office Management Issues;
  • Duty to Supervise Subordinate Lawyers; and 
  • Changes to Law in New Proposed Rules of Professional Conduct (pending before Supreme Court)


Click here, for an outline of David’s presentation.

Click here, for David’s powerpoint presentation.


Additional Information about David C. Carr:

Attorney David Cameron Carr specializes in legal ethics and  the “law of lawyering,” including attorney discipline defense;  bar admissions and reinstatement; attorney professional responsibility; law office management; and  legal ethics advice.

A graduate of UCLA (1978) and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles (1986), David initially practiced commercial law and business litigation before he joined the State Bar of California as a staff attorney in 1989.  David worked  4 years with State Bar discipline system oversight, including service as counsel to the State Bar’s audit and review panel.   David  also served on the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s Advisory Committee to the ABA’s McKay Commission on discipline enforcement during 1991.

David became a Deputy Trial Counsel in the State Bar’s discipline prosecutor’s office in 1992, where he tried  discipline, admissions and reinstatement cases before the State Bar Court Hearing Department.   David’s responsibilities expanded to appellate advocacy before the State Bar Court’s Review Department, where his work resulted in multiple published decisions from 1997 to 2000.

Following shutdown of the State Bar in 1998 (after veto of the State Bar dues bill by former Governor Wilson), David worked as an unpaid volunteer in the discipline system.  As amicus counsel, he argued to the California Supreme Court to have a special master appointed to oversee discipline system spending, which idea the Supreme Court adopted in its decision to revive the discipline system (In re Attorney Discipline System (1998) 19 Cal.4th 582.)

In 1999, David became Assistant Chief Trial Counsel and manager of the general trials unit in Los Angeles, where he also worked on discipline policy issues as the Chief Trial Counsel’s liaison with the State Bar’s Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) and the State Bar Court Executive Committee.

David  returned to private practice, and his hometown of San Diego in 2002, where he is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee.  David is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL); the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility;  and the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel, where he served as President from 2008-2011.



  • Private Practice Representing Attorneys and Bar Applicants Since 2001
  • Senior Counsel Klinedinst PC 2016- June, 2017
  • Adjunct Faculty, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Spring 2017
  • State Bar of California 1989-2001
  • Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Manager 1999-2001
  • Deputy Trial Counsel, Discipline Prosecutor 1992-1999
  • Staff Attorney, Audit and Review 1989-1992
  • Business Litigation, Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Practice 1986-1989


Bar Admission

  • Admitted to State Bar of California December 1986
  • Admitted in the Southern, Central and Northern Federal District Courts, California



  • Loyola Law School, Los Angeles J.D.  1986
  • UCLA B.A. History   1977
  • Borrego Springs High School  1973


Professional Associations

  • Association of Discipline Defense Counsel
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
  • Legal Ethics Committee, San Diego County Bar Association
  • Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association



This presentation will provide 1.0 hour MCLE credit for the “COMPETENCE” subject area, as required by the California State Bar.  

David gave a great presentation to us in 2014 on Substance Abuse and Depression in the Legal Profession, so we are delighted to have him back.

We hope to see you next week for this event!




12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Manhattan Restaurant at the Empress Hotel
7766 Fay Avenue
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