Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

Trial of a lawsuit by a former State Bar executive who alleges he was fired for exposing ethical breaches within the agency responsible for the oversight of the state’s attorneys will take place next year, pending the outcome of a motion to force the case into arbitration, a judge said Monday.

Joseph Dunn filed the lawsuit Nov. 13 in Los Angeles Superior Court, naming as defendants the State Bar and Craig Holden, who was installed as its president last September.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff set an April 12, 2016, trial date. But on May 5, he is scheduled to hear a defense motion to compel arbitration.

The State Bar attorneys maintain in their court papers that Dunn was bound by his employment agreement to arbitrate disputes. Dunn’s lawyers counter in their court papers that the provision is based on both parties trying to resolve the issues through mediation, and that no such attempt has been made.

According to the complaint, Dunn was named the State Bar’s executive director in September 2010 and was given a second three-year term in 2013 before his firing in November.

Dunn, a former state senator from Orange County, ruffled feathers when he reported that under State Bar Chief Trial Counsel Jayne Kim’s direction, internal reports were altered to remove cases from the statutory backlog, the suit states.

Kim’s alleged misconduct was not isolated, but instead “shockingly rampant,” the suit states.

After Kim found out about Dunn’s concerns regarding her performance, she filed a complaint against him to try and preserve her position, his suit says.

— City News Service

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