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Monday, June 25, 2012


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CJA to Move to Sacramento, Hire Management Company


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The California Judges Association will move its offices from San Francisco to Sacramento and hire a professional management company, members were told Friday.

In an email, a copy of which was obtained by the MetNews, President David Rubin said the Executive Board, which met in the capital last week, unanimously approved the move, along with the hiring of California Advocates Management Services.

CAMS’ president is attorney Michael Belote, the CJA’s longtime lobbyist. Its clients also include the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel, the California Association of Legal Support Professionals—a trade group for attorney services—the California Escrow Association, and several other groups.

Rubin, a San Diego Superior Court judge, said the hiring “will allow CJA to take advantage of the economies of scale offered by CAMS, resulting in considerable cost savings to the organization, and will provide our membership with the high level of services to which they have become accustomed on a consistent and long-term basis.” The move to Sacramento, he said, “will allow better access to the Legislature and the Governor’s Office, as well as other administrative agencies.”

CJA Executive Director Stanley Bissey “will maintain his current position, independent of CAMS, with the added benefit of his being able to focus his energies more on advocacy, outreach and and maintaining CJA’s public profile,” Rubin said.

No date was given for the move, but the organization is scheduled to undergo a leadership transition Oct. 14 as a result of elections held at last week’s meeting. Rubin will be succeeded by Sonoma Superior Court Judge Allan D. Hardcastle, while San Joaquin Superior Court Judge Barbara Kronlund and Butte Superior Court Judge Rob Glusman become vice presidents, and Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Alan H. Friedenthal was elected secretary-treasurer.


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