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California Bar Foundation board has openings

The California Bar Foundation is seeking applications for several positions on its board of directors for terms beginning Jan. 1, 2011. The board consists of a maximum of 25 members appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors and three ex officio members. They serve two-year terms and are expected to attend approximately five board meetings per year and actively participate on at least two committees.

Meetings typically rotate between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and most committee meetings are conducted by conference call. Board members may also be required to attend a variety of other foundation-related events, and they are expected to participate in fundraising and annually make a personally significant financial contribution to the foundation.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization, affiliated with the State Bar, that distributes grants for law-related projects, awards scholarships to law school students who intend to pursue public interest law careers or who come from communities historically underrepresented in the legal profession, and it supports other educational programs. It raises funds through gifts of lawyers, law firms and other donors.

Applicants must submit a resume and a statement of interest and qualifications by mail, fax or e-mail to: Leslie Hatamiya, Executive Director, California Bar Foundation, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105; (fax) 415-856-0788; e-mail The deadline for applications is Aug. 13.

More information about the foundation can be found For information about board member duties and expectations, e-mail

How minorities perceive the California courts

The American Bar Association’s Judicial Division, in association with the State Bar of California Council on Access and Fairness and local Bay Area bar associations, will sponsor a public discussion Aug. 5 about how ethnic minority communities perceive the state’s courts and how that perception affects public trust in the judicial system.

The moderators will be former California Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, retired Judge Ken Kawaichi and Alameda County Superior Court Judge Gordon Baranco.

The program will present recommendations that will be forwarded to the ABA for consideration.

It will be held from 2-5 p.m., Golden Gate Law School, 536 Mission St., San Francisco.

Legal Services of Northern California is looking for board members

Attorneys interested in serving on the board of directors for Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) are invited to apply for one of five openings. The vacancies are in the following regions: Butte (2), Mother Lode-El Dorado (1), Sacramento (1) and Shasta (1). Applicants must practice or reside in the county or region with a vacancy.

LSNC, a nonprofit Legal Services Corp.-funded program, provides legal assistance to low-income residents of 23 northern California counties. Its 36-member board meets five times a year to make policy decisions. Members serve three-year terms.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Sept. 3.

Interested attorneys should apply by letter, with bar number, and include a resume outlining work experience, community activity and educational background. The materials should be sent to Chris Zupanovich, 180 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94105-1639. Questions may be directed to 415-538-2534 or

E-mail addresses required

All State Bar members were required to provide an e-mail address to the State Bar by Feb. 1 under a new rule of court approved by the Supreme Court. Anyone who has not done so can log on to My State Bar Profile and follow the prompts.

Lawyers are statutorily required to keep their addresses updated within 30 days of a move. Under new rule 9.7, all address changes must be completed electronically through My State Bar Profile.

Inactive lawyers over 70 are exempt from the new requirement.

Questions may be directed to 1-888-800-3400.

Calling all artists

Members of the bench and bar who draw, sculpt or work in ceramics or photography are cordially invited to participate in the 58th Annual Meeting Bench and Bar Art Exhibit. The artwork will be showcased at the State Bar Annual Meeting, Sept. 23-26, in Monterey.

Rules and entry blanks can be downloaded at or obtained by calling the art show coordinator at 415-538-2210. All entries must be submitted by Aug. 9.

Summer savings from CalBar Connect

Hertz is offering seasonal promotions through CalBar Connect, including a special 4th of July weekend offer or a discount on GPS service. Visit the Hertz Calbar Connect Portal for details.

Go to for complete details on a variety of discounts on goods and services that are available to State Bar members and their families. Visit the “What’s New” page for details on these promotions and other available discounts and special programs like T-mobile cellular phone service.

Opt out of lists

Attorneys who wish to remove their names from lists the State Bar provides to qualified outside entities may do so by logging on to My State Bar Profile. Go to “Account Information” and select “Update my mailing preferences (opt out).”

Members also may e-mail their opt-out request to

Include your bar number.