Fox elected Board of Trustees
president, other officers named
By Amy Yarbrough
The Board of Trustees has elected
a longtime former prosecutor to lead the State Bar of California.
|Jason Lee, James Fox and Danette Meyers
James P. Fox, the former district
attorney of San Mateo County, will be sworn in Oct. 1 during the State Bar’s
annual meeting in San Diego. First appointed to the board by the California
Supreme Court in 2014, he will be the 92nd president of an agency that
regulates the state’s quarter million-plus licensed lawyers.
“I am honored to serve in this
role to ensure the State Bar fulfills its mission of regulating attorneys and
improving the justice system to protect the public,” he said.
Also being sworn in this fall are
Danette E. Meyers and Jason P. Lee as vice president and treasurer,
respectively. Meyers is a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles County, while
Lee is an attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Los
Outgoing State Bar President
David J. Pasternak lauded the new officers, noting, “The board will be
extremely well served next year by having three officers whose full-time jobs
have been focused on public protection for many, many years.”
The longest sitting district
attorney prior to his retirement in 2010, Fox served in that role for 29 years
and spent 46 years practicing in San Mateo County. He has served on the
legislative committees of the California District Attorneys Association and the
National District Attorneys Association and as the State Senate appointee to
the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice.
Currently vice president, he
serves on committees that oversee the bar’s budget and regulation and
discipline functions. Prior to joining the board, he was special assistant to
the Chief Trial Counsel at the State Bar for three years, during which time he
helped the office transition to a vertical prosecution model to eliminate
delays in the discipline process.