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Holden elected to head State Bar board for 2014-15

Criag Holden

The State Bar Board of Trustees has chosen Los Angeles attorney Craig Holden, a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, to be its 90th president.

Also elected last month was Heather Linn Rosing, 42, of Klinedinst PC in San Diego, as vice president and Michael Colantuono, 42, of Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley PC of Penn Valley, as treasurer. The officers for 2014-15 will be sworn in Sept. 18 at the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Holden, 44, currently serves as vice president and ran unopposed in the board election.

“I am humbled by the support of my colleagues on the board and I look forward to continuing to promote the mission of public protection as well as advocating for diversity and increased court funding,” Holden said.

Holden was chairman of the bar’s Limited License Working Group, which explored the feasibility of creating a limited license to practice law in order to increase legal services for the poor. He now serves as vice chairman of the Civil Justice Strategies Task Force, which President Luis Rodriguez created to study increased access to justice in California through limited licensing and other means. Previously, Holden was chairman of the bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, which is a think-tank focused on diversifying the profession; a founder of the Diversity Coalition; and served in leadership roles on the State Bar Sections on Intellectual Property Law and Law Practice Management and Technology.

His leadership roles outside of the bar include serving on the Rand Corp.’s SoCal 50 Leadership Council, chairman of the courts committee for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the board of directors of the California Minority Counsel Program.

Holden earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California Los Angeles and a law degree from University of California Hastings College of the Law. He is married and has two children.