Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, January 3, 2012


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Governor Taps Three Local Attorneys for Law Revision Commission


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown of Friday announced his selection Los Angeles attorneys James N. Adler, Victor King, and Crystal Miller-O’Brien for appointment to the California Law Revision Commission.

The California Law Revision Commission is an independent state agency created by statute in 1953. It assists the Legislature and governor by examining California law and recommending reforms.

Appointment to the commission requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $50 per diem.

Adler, 75, has been an arbitrator and mediator since 2005. Prior to this he was a partner at Irell & Manella and with Munger Tolles & Olson LLP.

He served as a law clerk for U.S. Chief Justice Earl Warren and Justice Charles Whittaker from 1961 to 1962.

Adler graduated from Princeton University before attending law school at the University of Michigan and being admitted to practice in California in 1966.

King, 47, has been university legal counsel for CSU Los Angeles since 2002.

He was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP from 2001 to 2002 and an associate from 1999 to 2001. King was an associate at Bottum & Feliton from 1996 to 1999 and at Ochoa & Sillas from 1991 to 1995.

The attorney was also a trustee of the Glendale Community College District from 1997 to 2009.

King graduated from the University of Chicago and University of Michigan Law School and was licensed to practice in 1991.

Miller-O’Brien, 45, has served as corporate counsel for Medical Management Consultants, Inc. since 2006.

She was an associate for Anderson McPharlin & Connors LLP from 2005 to 2006, for Robie & Matthai PC from 2003 to 2005 and for Bullivant Houser Bailey PC from 2002 to 2003.

The attorney has served on the board of directors of the California Conference of Bar Associations since 2009 and is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and the National Association of Women Business Owners.

Miller-O’Brien attended Oberlin College before earning her law degree from Willamette University and joining the California State Bar in 2003.

Brown also tapped retired San Diego Superior Court Judge Patricia Cowett and Oakland attorney Xochitl Carrion to join the commission.

Cowett, 64, of San Diego, has been a mediator at Alternative Dispute Resolution Services Inc. since 2009.

She joined the bench as a member of the San Diego Municipal Court in 1979, and served as presiding judge in 1991. Cowett was elevated to the San Diego Superior Court  in 1998.

Cowett holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a law degree from UC Davis. She was licensed to practice in 1972.

Carrion, 32, has been an attorney for Goldfarb & Lipman LLP since she joined the State Bar in 2007.

She is a member of the California La Raza Lawyers Association and the San Francisco La Raza Association.

Carrion is a graduate of UCLA and UC Hastings College of the Law.

All of the appointees are Democrats.


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