David C. Carr ~ Ethics Lawyer
David C. Carr, an attorney in private practice in Las Cruces, New Mexico, specializes in ethics advice to California lawyers, California State Bar discipline defense, and California attorney licensing.
Mr. Carr is a 1986 graduate of Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Following several years of practice in commercial law and business litigation, Mr. Carr joined the State Bar of California as a staff attorney in 1989. He served as counsel to the State Bar's audit and review panel from 1989 to 1992. Mr. Carr served on the National Organization of Bar Counsel's advisory committee to the American Bar Association's McKay Commission on discipline enforcement in 1991.
He moved from oversight of the discipline system in 1992 to prosecuting cases as a deputy trial counsel in the discipline prosecutor's office of the State Bar. After five years trying discipline, admissions and reinstatement cases before the State Bar Court Hearing Department, Mr. Carr began to specialize in appellate advocacy before the State Bar Court's Review Department, resulting in 10 published decisions between 1997 and 2000.
During the shutdown of the State Bar in 1998 after former Gov. Pete Wilson's veto of the State Bar dues bill, Mr. Carr worked as an unpaid volunteer in the discipline system. He argued as amicus counsel to the California Supreme Court that a special master be appointed to oversee discipline system spending, an idea adopted by the Supreme Court in its decision reviving the discipline system (In re Attorney Discipline System (1998) 19 Cal.4th 582.)
After the Supreme Court ordered a special dues assessment, Mr. Carr became an assistant chief trial counsel and manager of the general trials unit in Los Angeles in 1999. He also worked on discipline policy issues as the chief trial counsel's liaison with the State Bar's Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) and the State Bar Court Executive Committee.
Mr. Carr returned to private practice in 2001 and his hometown of San Diego in 2002. He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, where he is active on the Legal Ethics Committee. Mr. Carr is a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, and the Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC), where he served as president from 2008 through 2011. He is also a member of COPRAC for the 2018-2021 term. As an adjunct faculty member, Mr. Carr has taught responsibility at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego.
Mr. Carr grew up in the South Bay suburbs of San Diego and attended high school in the small desert community of Borrego Springs. After high school, he attended UCLA, where he graduated with a degree in history in 1978.
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California
- J.D. - 1986
- B.A. - 1977
- Major: History
- Borrego Springs High School
Classes & Seminars
- Adjunct Professor Faculty, Thomas Jefferson School of Law 2017-2021
- Assistant Chief Trial Counsel, Manager, State Bar of California 1999-2001
- Deputy Trial Counsel (Discipline Prosecutor), State Bar of California 1992-1999
- Association of Discipline Defense Counsel
- Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
- Legal Ethics Committee, San Diego County Bar Association 2002-Present
- Center for Professional Responsibility, American Bar Association
- State Bar of California Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC)
- State Bar of California, 1989-2001
Current Employment Position
- Ethics Lawyer
- Ethics Expert Testimony
- State Bar Discipline Defense
- Legal Ethics Advice
- Attorney Licensing
- State Bar of California 1986
- U.S. District Court Central District of California 1986
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California 2002
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California 2004
- State Bar of Texas 2022
- State Bar of New Mexico 2023