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State Bar President James P. Fox Is Appointed by High Court to New Term on Board of Trustees

Hailyn J. Chen Also Chosen by Justices


By a MetNews Staff Writer







State Bar President James P. Fox will leave office on Sept. 7, and upon doing so will embark on a new three-year term on the Board of Trustees, under an appointment yesterday by the state Supreme Court.

It also named to a term of the same duration Hailyn J. Chen, a litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

They will take office at the end of the annual meeting, which this year will be a business-only session rather than the customary convention.

Fox, a San Mateo attorney, was elected district attorney of San Mateo County in 1982, serving seven terms, ending in December 2010.

He served on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation from 1980-82 and on Judicial Council from 2012-15.

Last month, he broke the 7-7 deadlock in the contest to succeed him, choosing Grass Valley municipal law attorney Michael Colantuono over the current vice president, Danette Meyers, a deputy district attorney and former Los Angeles County Bar Association president.

Chen lists no State Bar involvement on her online resume and none is mentioned by the Supreme Court in its announcement of her appointment. However, she co-chairs the American Bar Association Section of Litigationís Woman Advocate Committee.

The Board of Trustees consists of 19 members, including six non-lawyers. Of the 13 lawyers, six are elected by members, from districts corresponding with the Court of Appeal districts; five are appointed by the Supreme Court; and two are named by the Legislature, one by the Senate Committee on Rules, and the other by the speaker of the Assembly.


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