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Friday, March 29, 2013


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Brown Names Two Lawyers to State Athletic Commission


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday named two lawyers to the body that regulates professional and amateur boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts in the state.

Mary A. Lehman, a Coranado sole practitioner and former pro boxer, and Martha Shen-Uquirdez, an Oxnard resident who heads a Beijing-based consulting company and is a former boxing referee, have been appointed to the California State Athletic Commission, the governor’s office said in a release.

Lehman, 49, formerly of San Diego’s Gray Cary Ware and Freidenrich LLP was a professional boxer from 1999 to 2002, ranking as high as number nine in the world for her weight class, according to the release. She earned a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and was admitted to practice in 1991.

Her boxing nickname was “Mulita,” or “little mule,” according to the website

 Shen-Uquirdez, 50, has been CEO of USAsia since 2007, the governor’s office said. She was cross-cultural affairs expert for the Beijing Olympics Organization from 2006 to 2008, senior protocol officer with the California South Bay Economic Development Partnership from 1994 to 2001 and an arbitrator at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1994 to 1999, also sitting as a judge pro tem.

She was attorney and training expert with multiple police departments in Southern California from 1989 to 2004. She earned her degree from Whittier Law School and was admitted to practice in 1987.

She was in private practice until 2005.

She served as a credentialed boxing judge from 2000 to 2001.

This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Lehman is a Democrat and Shen-Uquirdez is a Republican.


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