Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, August 29, 2011


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Governor Taps Bakersfield Lawyer as Inspector General for Prisons


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced his selection of six attorneys for state posts.

Robert Barton of Bakersfield was Brown’s choice for appointment as Inspector General of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and Charlton “Chuck” Bonham of Albany was tapped by the governor to be director of the California Department of Fish and Game.

San Diego-area attorneys Lisa Barkett, David Lizerbram, Frederick Schenk, and David E. Watson were also named to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board.

Barton, 49, has served as the senior assistant inspector general in the office of the Inspector General since 2005.

Previously, Barton was the supervising deputy district attorney for Kern County from 2000 to 2005, and he was a deputy district attorney from 1988 to 2000.

He graduated from CSU Fresno before attending law school at UC Davis and joining the State Bar in 1988.

The position for which he was selected requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $142,965.

 Bonham, 43, has served in multiple positions at Trout Unlimited since 2000, including California director and senior attorney.

He was an instructor and trip leader for the Nantahala Outdoor Center from 1994 to 1997 and was a small business development agent for the United States Peace Corp in Senegal, West Africa from 1991 to 1993.

The attorney is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Lewis & Clark College Northwestern School of Law. He joined the State Bar in 2000.

His nomination requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $150,112.

 Barkett, 52, has been vice president of Merjan Financial Corporation since 1989.

The USC and Pepperdine Law graduate was licensed to practice in 1985.

Lizerbram, 35, of San Diego, has been principal at David Lizerbram & Associates since 2005.

He previously worked for McColloch & Campitiello LLP from 2004 to 2005 and the Law Offices of Roslyn Soudry from 2002 to 2004.

The attorney attended USC and Loyola Law School before joining the State Bar in 2002.

Schenk, 57, has been a partner at Casey Gerry Schenk Francavilla Blatt & Penfield since 1983.

He attended UCLA and law school at UC San Diego before being admitted to practice in 1979.

Watson, 54, has been a partner at Duane Morris since 2010.

Prior to this, he was a partner at Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley from 2008 to 2010 and from 2002 to 2006.

He was vice president of Yokohl Ranch Company LLC from 2006 to 2008 and he was an attorney at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich from 1988 to 2002.

Watson attended USC and law school at the College of William & Mary before joining the California State Bar in 1988.

The Fair Board positions for Barkett, Lizerbram, Schenk, and Watson do not require Senate confirmation and provide no compensation.

Barton is a Republican, Lizerbram is registered decline-to-state, and the other are Democrats.


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