California Bar Journal
CBJ - November 2009 #06.
Davis, English reappointed to board of governors
California Bar JournalNovember 2009Davis, English reappointed to board of governorsGov. Schwarzenegger named two public members to the State Bar Board of Governors last month. George Davis, a Los Angeles media entrepreneur, was reappointed to a second three-year term, and public policy expert Jeannine English returns to the board after an earlier term expired last summer. Both have focused on improved management and efficiency of the bar.
Davis is president of Los Angeles-based Davis Broadband Group, Inc., a media and entertainment consultancy that focuses on international business development and technical operations. Schwarzenegger first appointed Davis to the bar board in 2007.
"I think the public members have really helped to have more of a focus on the management of bar operations" and have pushed for a greater focus on public protection issues, Davis said. As a large organization, the bar could benefit from some business and management expertise, he said, adding that the public members "bring a refreshing outsider point of view."
After a three-year stint on the board, he said he now has a "more balanced" perception of the legal profession, a group he likened to the media as clubby and insular. "When they're talking, they're talking to the choir and to each other," Davis said. "They hang out with each other."
That insular nature, he added, "I think creates a communication problem both with the public and with the legislature/governor." He suggested lawyers could take a page from the dental profession's effort to soften its image with better marketing and greater publicity about pro bono, legal services and other good works.
English originally was named to the bar board in 2006 by then-Assembly Speaker...