Ronald Stovitz, who has served as a review judge
of the State Bar Court since it was created in 1989, was named
presiding judge of the bench which oversees attorney discipline.
Stovitz, 59, who currently is serving his third
term as a review judge, began a five-year term as the presiding judge
Nov. 1, replacing James Obrien, who retired. The appointment was made
by the Supreme Court.
The court also appointed two new hearing judges:
Patrice E. McElroy was named to a five-year term in San Francisco and
Stanford E. Reichert was named to a three-year term in Los Angeles.
The State Bar Court is made up of five hearing
judges and three review judges who handle disciplinary proceedings
against California attorneys.
Under legislation signed into law last year, the
Supreme Court, which formerly appointed all bar court judges, now
names five. Elected officials appoint three.
McElroy, 48, is a sole practitioner in San
Francisco. A former public defender and staff attorney for the
National Center for Youth Law, she now practices juvenile law,
specializing in dependency and delinquency proceedings. She replaced
Eugene E. Brott.
Reichert, 49, who replaced Michael Marcus, is a
research attorney for the San Bernardino Superior Court. He previously
worked as a litigator in both small civil firms and as a sole
practitioner, and he has been a mediator and a judge pro tem.