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Fox elected Board of Trustees president, other officers named

By Amy Yarbrough
Staff Writer

The Board of Trustees has elected a longtime former prosecutor  to lead the State Bar of California.

Jason Lee, James Fox, Danette Meyers
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 Angeles.

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.