Governor signs Block bill requiring greater consumer transparency for non-ABA accredited law schools

July 22, 2016

SACRAMENTO—Law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association would be required to post more information about tuition costs, class sizes, number of faculty, bar passage rate and employment outcomes for their students under a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) and approved today by the governor.

“SB 1281 is an important consumer bill that will help students better understand the quality and the possible long term impact of their law school choice,” Block said.

Assembly panel approves 50 volunteer service hours as requirement for California law students

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO –Law students would need to complete 50 hours of volunteer or pro bono service before taking the bar exam under a bill approved today by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on a 6 to 3 vote.

“My bill, SB 1257, helps law students gain valuable hands-on experience and offer supervised assistance to their communities while in law school,” said Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego). “In addition, this exposure to the representation of low-income clients might also attract more new attorneys to practice in high need, but relatively low-paid fields of law.”

Smoking at state beaches and parks on way to becoming history as Block bill moves forward

June 28, 2016

SACRAMENTO –A bill that would ban smoking or disposal of tobacco products at a state owned or operated beach or park was approved today by the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee on a nine to five vote.

Sen. Marty Block (D-San Diego) said his bill, SB 1333, would help California fulfill its obligation to preserve the state’s environmental treasures. “SB 1333 will make our state parks and beaches cleaner and safer by reducing cigarette and tobacco litter, curtailing exposure to second hand smoke and limiting the threat of park fires.”