A Los Angeles-based executive search firm has landed
a $56,000 contract from the State Bar to find a new executive director.
By a 15-1 vote, the board of governors hired Korn/Ferry
International, a large worldwide search firm with 72 offices in 40 countries. It will lead
the search for a replacement for Steven A. Nissen, who resigned last March after 17 months
as head of the bar to join Gov. Gray Davis administration.
Acting executive director Jeffrey Gersick has made clear he does not
want the job, despite pleas from numerous board members that he sign on permanently.
Joe Hicks, recently appointed public member to the board, noted
criticism of the bars previous administration and said the board has a fiduciary
obligation to spend sufficient dollars to ensure that the best possible field of
candidates is considered in the final selection process.