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Wednesday, August 29, 2012


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S.C. Names David Pasternak to State Bar Board


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The California Supreme Court yesterday named former Los Angeles County Bar Association President David Pasternak to the State Bar Board of Trustees for a term beginning Oct. 14.†

This is the Supreme Courtís first appointment to the board. SB 163, the State Bar restructuring passed last year, replaced the Board of Governors with the Board of Trustees.

When the transition period ends in October 2014, the board will consist of 19 members, five of whom will be attorneys appointed by the Supreme Court. As the first of those, Pasternak will serve a three-year term, ending at the 2015 annual meeting, the court said in its announcement.

The board will also include, by the end of the transition period, six elected lawyers, one from each of the stateís six appellate court districts; six public members, same as at present; and two attorneys appointed by the legislative leadership. Michael G. Colantuono, city attorney for Grass Valley and Auburn and a partner in Colantuono & Levin PC, was named to the board on Aug. 17 by Assembly Speaker John Perez.

Pasternak is a member of Pasternak, Pasternak & Patton, a Century City firm where he has practiced since 1982. He has been appointed as a state and federal court receiver, provisional director, partition referee, special master, and bankruptcy court custodian, and has represented and advised other receivers and provisional directors in hundreds of other cases.

He also served at the request of the California Attorney Generalís Office as the receiver of California Research and Assistance Fund, the multi-million dollar non-profit benefit corporation established through insurance company contributions after the Northridge In addition to having been LACBA president, he is a former chair of its Litigation Section and of the Barristers, and helped found the Senior Lawyers Section.

He has chaired many committees for the American Bar Association, and has served on its House of Delegates Select Committee and as an American Bar Association fellow.  At the Beverly Hills Bar Association, he serves on the Board of Governors, and has chaired or been a member of numerous committees.  

In addition, Pasternak served as a member of the Judicial Council from 2002 to 2005, and as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council for a three-year term.  He is a member of the California Access to Justice Committee. 

Pasternak served as President of Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where he continues on the board.  He presently serves as vice-president of the Chancery Club and is a graduate of UCLA and Loyola Law School.


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