Holden elected to head State Bar board for 2014-15
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
“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.