Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, September 19, 2006


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Bar Seeks Applicants for Hearing Judge Position in San Francisco


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The State Bar has opened the application process to fill a hearing judge vacancy on the State Bar Court.

Bar officials said late Friday that they will accept applications through Oct. 13 for the San Francisco-based position. Following evaluation by the Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee, which is appointed by the state Supreme Court and chaired by First District Court of Appeal Justice Paul Haerle, the appointment will be made by the Rules Committee of the state Senate.

The appointee will succeed Judge Joann Remke, who was recently elevated to presiding judge of the State Bar Court by the Supreme Court, and will fill Remke’s unexpired term ending Oct. 31, 2010.

The State Bar Court is composed of five hearing judges and three review judges located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Hearing judges decide attorney discipline and other State Bar regulatory cases and send their recommendations to the Supreme Court. Duties include scheduling and holding status, settlement and pretrial conferences; hearing motions; scheduling and holding trials, and writing decisions and orders.

Applicants must have been members of the State Bar of California for at least five years, although 10 years is preferred, bar officials said. Applicants cannot have been formally disciplined by bar authorities in California or elsewhere.

 The position is full-time and pays $137,619 annually. Officials said the application may be downloaded from the Current Notices page at, or obtained by writing to The State Bar of California, State Bar Court – Judge, 180 Howard Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639 or by calling (415) 538-2015.


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