Wednesday, February 18, 2009
State Bar Says Board Member Tenenbaum Will Drop Suit
By a MetNews Staff Writer
State Bar Board of Governors member Michael Tenenbaum has agreed to voluntarily dismiss his lawsuit against the State Bar to certify his election to the board in July 2008, the State Bar said yesterday in a release.
Tenenbaum’s election had been challenged by three attorneys in District 6, including one of the unsuccessful candidates, based on claims that his law office is not located in the district.
A special board committee later determined that the challenge did not have merit, and Tenenbaum was seated and has been serving as a member of the board.
Tenenbaum sued the State Bar last August to compel his certification as an elected member of the board. In a motion for judgment on the pleadings, which was scheduled to be heard next Friday, the State Bar argued, among other things, that since Tenenbaum has been seated and is seeking no other relief, the case is moot.
State Bar President Holly Fujie said the board plans to place the review of its election procedures on the agenda of an upcoming meeting, “We are very pleased that this is now completely behind us, and we look forward to Michael’s continuing advice and service on the board,” Fujie added.
The release credited Tenenbaum with saying he looked forward to helping the board reform the provisions that led to the confusion following his election. “I am committed to constructively continuing my work on the Board of Governors and to maintaining my full focus on the issues of efficiency and accountability that are now proving to be as critical as ever,” Tenenbaum was quoted as saying.
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