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Sacramento lawyer to join Board of Trustees

The state Senate has appointed a Sacramento lawyer to the Board of Trustees, its first such appointment under the State Bar's new governance structure. On Feb. 20, President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg announced the Senate Rules Committee's appointment of Glenda Corcoran to a three-year term on the board.

Glenda Corcoran

Corcoran, 37, worked with the State Assembly for more than a decade, focusing on legislation dealing with public safety, election law and local governmental policy. Presently, she volunteers with the Voluntary Legal Services Program, providing free legal help to low-income clients. She also serves on the board of directors for two organizations, the St. John's Shelter Program for Women and Children and the Sacramento Gay and Lesbian Center.

During Corcoran’s time with the Assembly, she worked to ensure children had safe waiting areas to stay in during contentious parental hearings and on grand jury procedures, among other projects.

Under SB 163, enacted in 2012, the Board of Trustees is gradually being reduced from 23 to 19 members and shifting away from elected positions to appointed ones. Corcoran is the second of two lawyer members appointed by the Legislature. In August, Speaker of the Assembly John A. Pérez appointed Michael G. Colantuono to a three-year term on the board.

Corcoran’s term on the board begins on Oct. 13 and will last until October of 2016, although she will attend meetings as a non-voting board member until her swearing-in.