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Wednesday, August 26, 2015


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Supreme Court Names SEC Attorney, Former JNE Chair Jason Lee to State Bar Board of Trustees


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The state Supreme Court has named former State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation Chair Jason P. Lee to the State Bar Board of Trustees.

The appointment was made public in a press release late Monday. Lee will be sworn in at the State Barís Annual Meeting this October and will serve a three-year term.

The high court appoints five of the 19 trustees, with the assistance of a nominating committee that screens candidates.

Lee is an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Los Angeles, specializing in securities litigation, regulation, and enforcement. He is a member of the commissionís Diversity Council, which is charged with creating and implementing strategies to increase diversity throughout the agency, and also previously served as senior counsel with the commission from 1999 to 2004.

In private practice, Lee was co-chair of the Securities Enforcement Defense Group at Shartsis Friese LLP in San Francisco.

In addition to his JNE service, he has served as a member of the Judicial and Public Appointment Committee of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Southern California, as a board member of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and co-chair of its Judiciary Committee, and on the pro bono lawyer panel for the Asian Law Caucus as lead counsel on a number of immigration matters.

He is a graduate of UCLA, where he majored in economics, and of the Santa Clara University School of Law. He holds an LL.M. degree in securities and financial regulation from Georgetown University.

The State Bar Board of Trustees consists of five attorney members appointed by the Supreme Court; six attorney members elected from State Bar districts based on the six Court of Appeal districts; two attorney members appointed by the Legislature, and six nonlawyer members, four appointed by the governor, one by the Senate Committee on Rules and one by the Speaker of the Assembly.

As a court-appointed member, Lee will succeed David Pasternak, who will stay on for one additional year as the newly elected president of the State Bar.


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