ference hotly debated the prospect of breaking
away from the bar, but ended with a watered-down amendment.
Nobumoto will chair the commission. The members
will be current State Bar board members Robert Persons and Scott
Wylie; former board member Ron Albers; conference representatives
Steve Marsh, Matt St. George and Diane Wasznicky; and Judy Johnson,
State Bar executive director, Marie Moffat, State Bar general counsel,
and Starr Babcock, special assistant to the executive director.
In her swearing-in speech before the delegates
last month in Anaheim, Nobumoto thanked the conference for battling
through the bar's difficult times and said, "Where we go in the
future affects us all."
In announcing her plans for a commission then,
she said, "How we balance your independent and healthy debate of
issues relevant to the legal profession with the political realities
and responsibilities associated with our self-governing and
maintaining a self-regulating bar is one of the most important
The conference is now funded by contributions,
most coming through a checkoff on the annual fee bill statement.