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Friday, December 21, 2012


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Governor Names Miles to New Term as Bar Court Judge


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday named Donald Miles to another term on the State Bar Court of California, where he has served since 2007.

Miles, 63, is based in Los Angeles and lives in Pasadena. He was a Bay Area attorney when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed him nearly six years ago to serve as a State Bar Court hearing judge in Los Angeles.

He was an attorney and partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn and Bentley PC from 2004 to 2007 and an attorney and director at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk and Rabkin PC from 1987 to 2004.

Miles’ 17-year tenure at Howard Rice was preceded by five years as a partner with Rogers, Joseph, O’Donnell & Quinn, and five years as an associate and then partner with Pettit & Martin.

He earned his law degree from UC Hastings College of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Thurston Honor Society, and graduated from Stanford University with distinction.

Miles has been a member of the State Bar since 1974. Before entering practice, he clerked for then-Justice William P. Clark Jr. of the California Supreme Court from 1974 to 1975.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $163,274. Miles is a Democrat.

The State Bar Court has six hearing judges, four based in Los Angeles and two in San Francisco.

Of the Los Angeles-based judges, one is appointed by the governor, one by the Assembly speaker, and two by the Supreme Court. Of the San Francisco-based judges, one is appointed by the Senate Rules Committee and one by the Supreme Court.


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