Former State Senator and Congressional candidate Joe Dunn has lost his arbitration case against the California State Bar over his 2014 firing. Dunn claimed the State Bar fired him over a whistleblowing claim into the operations of the licensing association that Dunn ran. It’s hard to see how the person running an organization as it’s chief manager could be a whistleblower as well.
The case lingered over Dunn during the 2016 Congressional primary season and would have been problematic had he won the seat now held by Congressman Lou Correa in CD-46.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Arbitrator Edward Infante had conducted a trial-like hearing into Dunn’s allegations last month in Los Angeles, and Monday’s 30-page ruling exonerated the State Bar, which had said it fired Dunn in 2014 for misleading the agency’s board about critical policy matters.
Dunn had initially filed a lawsuit against the State Bar, but his allegation was diverted into an arbitration proceeding under terms of his contract. Infante found that Dunn had, indeed, misled the board.
Dunn, a Democrat who represented Orange County in the Senate, had sought more than $4 million for his whistleblower claim and another $190,000 in severance pay.
Dunn’s stormy tenure as State Bar executive director and his subsequent whistleblower claim have roiled an agency already under fire for running up a backlog of disciplinary actions against the attorney it licenses.
Dunn made an appearance at last month’s DPOC central Committee meeting to introduce Laura Oatman as a likely Democratic challenger to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in CD-48. It is unclear if he will seek elected office again.