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Five win seats on the State Bar board

Five attorneys, all with bar association connections, won a three-year term on the board of governors last month. With a proposal to reconstitute the board in the fee bill making its way through the legislature, it’s likely that this was the last election of its kind. Changes to board membership, who is elected or appointed and their terms will be implemented gradually, so the newly elected governors each will serve a full three years.

The hybrid election, in which votes could be cast online or by sending in a paper ballot, drew only 12.5 percent of the electorate, believed to be an all-time low. Last year, 13.6 percent of eligible voters cast a ballot. The winners will be sworn in at the bar’s annual meeting Sept. 17 in Long Beach.

The new board members are:

Nancy FinemanDISTRICT 4 (Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties): Nancy Fineman, 51, a principal at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy in Burlingame. Fineman received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law. She serves on the boards of the San Mateo County Bar Association and the California Bar Foundation, and has served on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE).

Mark ShemDISTRICT 6 (Santa Clara County): Mark Shem, 46, a partner in the San Jose office of Borton Petrini LLP. Shem received his undergraduate degree in political science and history from the University of California at Davis and his J.D. from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia. He specializes in toxic tort, construction defects and skilled nursing/elder abuse. He served as the 2010 president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.

Craig HoldenDISTRICT 7 (Los Angeles County): Craig Holden, 41, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith LLP. Holden graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and the UC Hastings College of Law. He emphasizes litigation and counseling in varied aspects of business and intellectual property law, is currently chair of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness, is one of 50 select members of the RAND Corporation’s Southern California 50 Leadership Council and was named “Advocate of the Year” by Public Counsel in 2007 for his success in recovering millions of dollars for elderly and disadvantaged victims of fraud.

DISTRICT 8 (Orange, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties): Pearl Mann, 72, has practiced law in Orange County for more than 25 years and has a law office in Fullerton where she emphasizes elder law, conservatorships and estates. A graduate of Louisiana State University and Western State University law school, she is on the board of the Orange County Bar Association and is its Law Day Committee chair. In addition, she is a past president of California Women Lawyers and Orange County Women Lawyers.

Heather RosingDISTRICT 9 (Imperial, San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties): Heather Linn Rosing, 39, is a shareholder and CFO for Klinedinst PC in San Diego. A graduate of the University of Illinois and Northwestern University School of Law, she is chair of her firm’s Professional Liability Team, which provides representation in legal malpractice defense, legal ethics and risk management. She has served as president of the San Diego County Bar Association and was a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.