Supreme Court names Miriam Krinsky and Hernán Vera to
board of trustees
Miriam Krinsky and Hernán Vera, two Los Angeles-based
lawyers who each have a track record of providing legal assistance to underrepresented
communities, have been appointed to the State Bar Board of Trustees.
The California Supreme Court made the appointments last
month and the new trustees will be sworn in Oct. 12.
Krinsky, 53, is an educator. She will be teaching child welfare policy and juvenile law this year at University of California at Irvine School of Law. Previously, she taught at the UCLA School of Public Policy and Loyola Law School.
She recently served as executive director of the Los Angeles
County Citizens’ Jail Commission and as executive director of the Children’s
Law Center of Los Angeles. Before that, she was a prosecutor in the Los Angeles
U.S. attorney’s office, receiving an award for her appellate work.
A graduate of UCLA School of Law, Krinsky has held
leadership positions on the Judicial Council, the policymaking body for the
California courts, the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California
Vera, 42, also a UCLA Law School alum, is the president and
chief executive officer of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law firm in the
nation. Previously, he was a litigator at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles.
He served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Consuelo B. Marshall.
In 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Vera to the board
of directors of the State Justice Institute, a federal entity that provides
grants to state court systems to increase access to justice.
He is also a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit
Judicial Conference, a member of the Open Courts Coalition steering committee
and has served on the boards of the California Reinvestment Coalition and the
Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.
The appointments were the second and third by the Supreme
Court under governance reform legislation that calls for the board to transition from 23 to 19 members by 2014.