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Thursday, June 17, 2010


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State Bar Lays Out Details of Executive Director Search


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The State Bar will begin interviewing applicants for its executive director position in August, the group’s search consultant said yesterday.

Bill Hawkins of The Hawkins Company, which is based in Los Angeles, said that his firm will conduct a national search for qualified applicants, and that “first consideration” will be given to applicants who submit materials by July 23. Officials said those interested in applying should contact Hawkins by e-mail, at

The interviews will be conducted by a seven-member search committee headed by John Van de Kamp, a former State Bar president and former California attorney general. The State Bar hopes to have a successor to Judy Johnson selected by September, when new board members will take office, Hawkins told the MetNews.

The selection process will be confidential, and the names of unsuccessful applicants will not be disclosed, Hawkins said.

Johnson announced in January that she would be retiring by February of next year to pursue “other opportunities.”

The ideal applicant, the State Bar said in a release, would be “a seasoned professional and demonstrated leader with a track record of success, proven accomplishments and performance in managing a public, private or nonprofit enterprise of similar size and complexity to the State Bar, which has 500 employees and a $140 million general and special fund budget.”

Applicants should also have at least 10 years experience in senior-level management, familiarity with the legal profession, experience managing complex organizations, and “[i]deally, a master’s degree in business or public administration,” the State Bar said.


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