Faisal Gill, a front-runner in the race to succeed Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer is temporarily disqualified from practicing law in California.
Gill’s license was placed involuntarily inactive by the State Bar of California on July 1, according to the state bar’s website. Gill described the matter as “a small administrative oversight on my part that will be addressed immediately.”
“The main issue is that Mr Gill misses an initial reporting deadline and is late in paying the resulting penalty fee. Mr. Gill can remedy this by paying a $200 re-entry fee that will allow him to return to active status,” said Rick Coca, a spokesman for the State Bar of California.
Gill paid the reinstatement fee on Wednesday, according to a receipt provided to the Times, and said he “should be fine”. Prosecutors confirmed Gill would return to active status after receiving the fee, but had not returned his license to active status as of Wednesday night.
Gill, a civil rights attorney and former Homeland Security officer, came first in the June primary, more than four points ahead of finance attorney Hydee Feldstein Soto.
Gill said he had met the bar association’s minimum three-year continuing education requirements by the Jan. 31 deadline, but failed to upload a relevant statement before the February reporting deadline, earning him a $75 late fee. Gill said he believed he had paid that fine while paying attorneys’ fees in February, but accidentally failed to do so.
The late fee is due June 30, Gill said, but he hasn’t seen an email about it and feels like he’s already paid all the necessary fees.
“It’s 100% my responsibility,” he said. “But with three little babies and a law firm and running for office, I just missed that email.”
Gill said he was notified by the bar of his pending inactive status on July 1 – the Friday before a bank holiday weekend – and that he had lodged an overnight check with the bar on July 5 because those fees are not paid online could .
“I don’t think this poses any problems for voters,” Gill said when asked if he thought the matter might stall some voters, saying he had never missed a fall deadline.
Gill will face Feldstein Soto in a November runoff. Gill raised far more money than his opponents in the crowded seven-person primary, finishing with 24.2% of the vote to Feldstein Soto’s 19.9%.
Gill, a former Republican who served as a senior policy adviser at the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush, said the discrimination he faced as a Muslim in the Republican Party prompted his political change. He is considered the more progressive candidate in the race.
Gill has argued that prosecutors have been “unacceptably broad in their pursuit of misdemeanor charges” and have promised a 100-day moratorium on misdemeanor charges, a move Feldstein Soto opposes.
Gill’s recommendations include mayoral candidate Karen Bass and Los Angeles borough leader Holly Mitchell, as well as Reps. Ami Bera (D-Elk Grove), Ro Khanna (D-Fremont) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.).
Four of the other five main candidates — Marina Torres, Richard Kim, Kevin James and Teddy Kapur — supported Feldstein Soto in the runoff, as did the Los Angeles County Democratic Party.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-07-13/la-city-attorney-candidate-faisal-gill-temporarily-ineligible-to-practice-law-in-california City attorney candidate temporarily ineligible to practice