Wednesday, April 2, 2003
Seven Seek District Seven Seat on Bar Board of Governors
Los Angeles Attorney Nancy Zamora to Vie WIth Fresno Lawyer Anthony Capozzi for State Bar Presidency
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Seven local attorneys are seeking election to the State Bar Board of Governors, and another is seeking the State Bar presidency, the organization said yesterday.
Filing their papers by the 5 p.m. deadline to run for the Board of Governors were Scott W. Davenport, Marguerite D. Downing, Phillip Feldman, Curtis L. Harrington Jr., Joseph Lewis, James A. Otto, Sheldon H. Sloan and Frank M. Tavelman.
Nancy Hoffmeier Zamora, whose three-year board term is expiring, is running for president, as is Fresno lawyer Anthony Capozzi.
Zamora, a partner in Zamora & Hoffmeier, is a former president of California Women Lawyers and of Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles.
Capozzi is a former candidate for mayor of Fresno and a member of the committee that screens potential appointees to the State Bar Court.
Ballots for the board seat are set to go out April 30 and must be returned by June 30. They will be counted between July 8 and 10, and the winner will take office at the annual meeting the first week in September.
Davenport practices in the downtown office of Manning & Marder Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, where he has done civil writs and appellate work for the past three years. He is a former state deputy attorney general and had a solo practice, focusing on criminal appellate work, for five years.
He has been active in the State Bar’s specialization program. He is a certified criminal law and appellate law specialist, co-wrote the specialization examination for appellate law in 2001 and again this year, and is chair of the Appellate Law Advisory Commission.
He also served as a judge pro tem in the San Bernardino Superior Court, and worked in the Court of Appeal settlement program.
Downing is a deputy public defender, assigned to Inglewood, and a former president of Black Women Lawyers.
Feldman is a Sherman Oaks practitioner who has long been involved with the bar disciplinary system, first as a prosecutor and now as a defense attorney. He has written extensively and ethics and professional responsibility, and ran for the board about 25 years ago.
He is a former chair of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and has been heavily involved in arbitration and mediation of attorney-client and other disputes.
Harrington is a certified taxation specialist and patent lawyer in Long Beach.
Lewis is a Los Angeles attorney.
Former Municipal Court Judge
Sloan served as a judge of the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1973-76 and was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1996-97. He also served as president of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission and was involved in the effort to bring pro football back to that facility. He also served on the Judicial Council of California and has been active in Republican politics.
His practice focuses heavily on government law and lobbying, and he was reportedly influential in the judicial appointment process during the administrations of Govs. George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson.
Tavelman is a deputy district attorney. He ran for Los Angeles city attorney in 2001.
Otto is a Northridge lawyer admitted to the State Bar in 1989. He is not James D. Otto, a Long Beach lawyer who formerly served on the Board of Governors.
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