LOS ANGELES — The State Bar Court of California ruled on Nov.
20, 2016, to suspend attorney Tiffany Carrie Stevens from the
practice of law, according to the group's website.
The attorney, who resides in Brooklyn, New York, failed to meet
the Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirements. All attorneys
registered with the California State Bar must complete a minimum of
25 course hours to keep their eligibility status.
According to court documents,
the period in which Stevens was required to complete her coursework
was between Feb. 1, 2011 and Jan. 31, 2014. On June 25, 2014, the
attorney reported to the State Bar that she had completed the 25
hours and therefore was compliant with the conditions of her bar
eligibility. This statement was made under penalty of perjury.
Upon investigation into the validity of her claim, the State Bar
of California found that Stevens had completed only one of the 25
hours necessary during the compliance period. The State Bar sent a
notice of their intent to audit the attorney on July 7, 2014, and
requested her proof of completion be submitted by Aug. 21 of that
year. Stevens allegedly failed to do so.
An investigation into the matter was initiated on Oct. 13, 2015.
Stevens again failed to respond to the communication sent by the
State Bar. The investigator sent a second letter on Jan. 4, 2016, but
that also went without response. According to court documents,
Stevens had not practiced law since 2007 and was not representing
Mitigating factors taken into account by the State Bar Court
included Stevens’ extensive charity and pro bono work. The attorney
volunteers once a month for a breast-cancer crisis hotline, sits on
the board of global anti-poverty organization, and helped found an
organization that brings educational services to Pakistan. Stevens
also provided six witnesses to attest to her good character. In
addition, Stevens voluntarily entered into the suspension, saving the
State Bar time and resources.
Stevens will be placed on one year of stayed suspension, 30 days
of which are mandatory. She also is required to serve one year of
probation. In addition to her suspension, Stevens will be required to
take the MPRE. Failure to pass the exam will result in another
suspension without hearing.
Stevens will not need to complete Ethics School as she resides and
practices in New York. She will also not be required to follow Rule
9.20 of the California Rules of Court, which would require her to
alert all clients, if she was practicing, of her eligibility status.
Stevens was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2003,
according to her profile page.
The California State Bar was established in 1927 by the state’s
legislature and is governed by 19 trustees. Court documents for all
State Bar Court of California cases can be located online at