Monday, February 8, 2010
Governor Appoints Los Angeles Attorney to State Post
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has named Los Angeles attorney Julia Tsai to the Board of Occupational Therapy.
The governor’s office on Thursday announced the appointment of Tsai, 27, an associate at Kegel Tobin and Trice APC since last year.
According to the board, its seven members “make important decisions on Board policies and on disciplinary actions against professionals who violate state consumer protection laws,” and “approve regulations and help guide licensing, enforcement, public education and consumer protection activities.”
A graduate of Wellesley College and McGeorge School of Law who joined the State Bar in 2008, Tsai was a clinical intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California from 2006 to 2007. Registered decline-to-state, she has also served as acting vice president of the Taiwanese American Professionals since 2004.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $100 per diem.
Five of the board’s seven members are appointed by the governor, while the other two are appointed, respectively, by the Speaker of the Assembly and the Senate Rules Committee. The board consists of three occupational therapists, one occupational therapy assistant and three public members and is required to meet at least three times a year, in Sacramento, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
In other news, the governor on Thursday also named Sacramento attorney Stephanie Clauss as chief deputy general counsel for the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Clauss, 42, has served as assistant chief counsel in CDCR’s Office of Legal Affairs since 2007. A Republican, she previously served as a staff counsel specialist from 2005 to 2007 and staff counsel from 2003 to 2005.
Admitted to the State Bar in 1994 after attending UC Berkeley and McGeorge School of Law, Clauss served from 1995 to 2003 as an associate attorney with the Law Office of Gary Hall and with the firm Gay, Hall & Ditore.
The position does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is $128,952.
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