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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 

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Supreme Court Seeking Applicants for State Bar Board of Trustees

 

By a MetNews Staff Writer

 

The California Supreme Court is seeking applicants for the courtís first-ever appointment to the State Bar Board of Trustees, a spokesperson said yesterday.

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.

The first of those attorney members will be appointed this year, for a renewable three-year term beginning at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October. Candidates for the position must apply by June 1, the court spokesperson said.

The new board will also include 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.

Due to time constraints, the spokesperson said, the high court has asked the Committee on the Application and Evaluation of Nominees Committee, which reviews applicants for the State Bar Court, to assist in the process of selecting the trustee.

While the committee includes four attorneys, two active or retired judges, and one public member, the court has asked the two attorney members who also serve on the Board of Trustees to recuse themselves, the spokesperson said, adding that the court is considering a rule establishing a separate vetting panel for future trustee appointments.

Attorneys interested in applying for the appointment may obtain materials at the State Barís website, the spokesperson said.

 

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