California Bar Journal
CBJ - June 2009 #02.
Miller wins presidency by acclamation
California Bar Journal June 2009 Miller wins presidency by acclamationLos Angeles attorney Howard B. Miller was elected the 85th president of the State Bar of California last month in the first election since 1988 in which there was only one candidate for the bar's top job. Miller will take office in September, succeeding another southland lawyer, Holly Fujie.
"I'm very grateful, I think," he joked immediately after the unanimous vote. Four other third-year governors eligible for the presidency opted not to run.
Miller, 72, said he will focus on both member services and public protection in the coming year, and will particularly try to "make sure every dollar is spent in the most efficient way."
Referring to the recent alleged embezzlement of $675,000 by a longtime bar employee, Miller said the theft "has shaken the board of governors to its core and made us realize how important it is to have proper control mechanisms and how important it is to deal efficiently with every single dollar."
He also said the bar must place increased emphasis on legal services, particularly in tough economic times, and he stressed the importance of assuring fairness in the bar's discipline operations.
A partner with Girardi and Keese, a 25-attorney firm, Miller practices principally in federal court and specializes in patent and other intellectual property litigation, antitrust and general complex commercial litigation cases. His patent cases have included results in technologies ranging from cancer radiation therapy to GPS location technology for cell phones.
He was elected in 2006 to represent Los Angeles on the board of governors and has served on the discipline, planning and member oversight committees.
A graduate of Pepperdine University, he...