California Bar Journal
CBJ - July 2012 #03.
Three board members vie for presidency
The California LawyerJuly 2012Three board members vie for presidencyTheir individual goals may vary, but all three candidates vying to be the State Bar's next president agree that the organization has made great strides in the past year and say they are committed to keeping that momentum going.
Members of the Board of Trustees will vote by secret ballot on July 20 to determine whether Wells Lyman, Patrick Kelly or Loren Kieve will succeed Jon Streeter as president of the 238,000-member bar. It will be the first election since the State Bar changed its governance structure in January and eliminated its long-standing backlog of attorney discipline investigations. The bar also recently assembled a group that will begin exploring whether practical skills training should become a condition of practicing law.
Lyman, 69, a La Mesa-based sole practitioner who specializes in bankruptcy, family law and child custody matters, said it was those kinds of positive changes that motivated him to run.
"There were so many problems when I was on the board that first year," said Lyman, a past president of the San Diego County and Foothills bar associations who is in his third year on the Board of Trustees. "I've just seen the board move towards such progress that I want to be involved in it and see it through."
Like Lyman, Kelly, 69, is a third-year member and has experience leading a county bar association, having served as the president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association in the early 1990s. Managing partner of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman and Dicker's western region, Kelly said he has been committed to public service throughout his career and "knows what makes an organization strong."
"I feel like I can contribute in a very meaningful way in the job," he said.
Kieve, 64, has his own law firm in San Francisco specializing in complex domestic and international disputes, civil litigation, contracts and government litigation matters. A second-year member of the board, he is able to run as a result of the governance changes, which opened up the presidency to all members, changed the number of officer positions and will ultimately reduce the size of the board.
Kieve, who has served on numerous task forces and committees of the American Bar...