Friday, April 30, 2010
Schwarzenegger Appoints Two Attorneys to State Posts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday tapped Woodside attorney Sandra Thompson to join UC Hastings College of the Law’s Board of Directors and named San Diego Deputy Public Defender Lei-Chala Wilson to the California Council on Criminal Justice.
Thompson, 52, has represented indigent and non-profit clients on a pro bono basis since 2002. The UC Hastings alumna earned her undergraduate degree from Buena Vista University in Iowa and was admitted to the State Bar in 2001.
A Democrat, she began her legal career as an associate attorney in the international corporate tax department for Fenwick & West LLP.
Thompson’s appointment requires Senate confirmation, and the position is not compensated.
Wilson, 50, has been a member of the San Diego Public Defender’s Office since she joined the State Bar in 1989.
She earned her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University and her law degree from UC Davis.
Also a Democrat, Wilson is president of the San Diego chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The 37-member California Council on Criminal Justice is charged with reviewing, approving or revising the state plan for the improvement of criminal justice and delinquency prevention, and with establishing priorities for the use of available federal funds. Appointment to the council does not require Senate confirmation and does not pay a salary.
In other news, Schwarzenegger yesterday:
•Named former San Luis Obispo Supervisor Jerry Lenthall, 59, to the Council on Criminal Justice. A Republican, Lenthall served as a member of the council from 2006 to 2009. He served with the San Luis Obispo police from 1972 to 2003, first as an officer for five years, and then later as a sergeant.
•Selected Reagan Evans, 44, of Ontario, for the Court Reporters Board, subject to Senate confirmation. The board oversees the testing, licensing and disciplining of court reporters.
Evans, a Republican, has served as president of Olympic Reporting and Video since 2008 and as a freelance reporter and court reporter since 1989.
She was an official reporter for the 64th District Court of Hale County, Texas, from 1987 to 1989, and an independent contractor for Rogers, Harvey and Associates from 1986 to 1987.
Compensation for the position is $100 per diem.
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