Thursday, April 19, 2012
Five Lawyers Seek Election to Restructured State Bar Board
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Five lawyers are running for two seats on the State Bar Board of Trustees in the first election since recent governance and district changes took effect, the State Bar said yesterday in a release.
Under SB 163, which took effect Jan. 1, the State Bar’s governing body, which used to be the Board of Governors, was renamed. Over the next three years, the board will be reduced from 23 to 19 members.
In place of the 15 lawyer members elected by the profession, six—one from each state appellate district—will be elected by attorneys; five will be appointed by the Supreme Court; and two will be appointed by the legislative leadership. There will still be six public members.
All current members will be allowed to finish their terms during the transition to the new structure.
Board members are being elected this year from the Fourth and Fifth appellate districts. This district will elect its member in 2014.
The candidates running this year, according to the release, are:
•District 4 (Imperial, Inyo, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties): Nikki Presley Miliband of Newport Beach, Michael A. Scafiddi of San Bernardino and Christopher W. Todd of San Diego.
•District 5 (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties): R. Konrad Moore of Bakersfield and David A. Torres of Bakersfield.
For the third year in a row, voters will be allowed to cast ballots either electronically or by mail.
Ballots will be mailed April 30, and State Bar members have until July 2 to cast their votes, the State Bar said. Winners will take their seats in October and serve three-year terms.
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