California Bar Journal
CBJ - August 2011 #06.
Five win seats on the State Bar board
The California LawyerAugust 2011Five win seats on the State Bar boardFive attorneys, all with bar association connections, won a three-year term on the board of governors last month. With a proposal to reconstitute the board in the fee bill making its way through the legislature, it's likely that this was the last election of its kind. Changes to board membership, who is elected or appointed and their terms will be implemented gradually, so the newly elected governors each will serve a full three years. The hybrid election, in which votes could be cast online or by sending in a paper ballot, drew only 12.5 percent of the electorate, believed to be an all-time low. Last year, 13.6 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. The winners will be sworn in at the bar's annual meeting Sept. 17 in Long Beach.
The new board members are:
DISTRICT 4 (Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties):Nancy Fineman, 51, a principal at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy in Burlingame. Fineman received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law. She serves on the boards of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the California Bar Foundation, and has served on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE).
DISTRICT 6 (Santa Clara County): Mark Shem, 46, a partner in the San Jose office of Borton Petrini LLP. Shem received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of California at Davis and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. He specializes in toxic tort, construction defects and skilled nursing/elder abuse. He served as the 2010 president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
DISTRICT 7 (Los Angeles County): Craig Holden, 41, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP. Holden graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and the UC Hastings College of Law. He emphasizes litigation and counseling in varied...