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Thursday, November 18, 2004


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Stuart Forsyth to Replace Walch as LACBA Executive Director


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Stuart Forsyth, former executive director of the State Bar of Arizona, has been tapped to succeed Rich Walch as executive director of the Los Angeles County Bar Association when Walch departs in January, the MetNews has learned.

Forsyth directed the Arizona organization from 1997 to 2000. Before that he worked for nearly 25 years for the State Bar of California, starting as an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel and ending as a senior executive.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Occidental College and his law degree at Georgetown. He also worked briefly as an attorney with Morrison and Foerster.

Since leaving the State Bar of Arizona, Forsyth has operated a consulting and strategic planning service in San Diego under the title of The Legal Futurist.

Walch, who has worked for LACBA for almost 27 years and served as its executive director since 1984, will leave the organization in January to work as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, joining a consulting firm currently operated by his wife.

Forsythís selection was finalized by the LACBA executive committee Tuesday. When Walch announced his plans to leave in August, LACBA President John Collins of Collins Collins Muir & Stewart in Pasadena said he expected the groupís assistant executive director and general counsel, W. Clark Brown, to be a candidate for the position.

Walch was general counsel before becoming executive director. But Collins noted at the time that Brown had been with LACBA for less than two years.

Walch was general counsel for five years before moving up to the top spot.


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