San Jose sole practitioner Carl A. Lindstrom Jr.
was elected to the District 3 seat on the board of governors last
month, defeating three other candidates.
Lindstrom, who billed himself as the "every
person candidate" and something of an outsider, replaces Erica Yew,
who resigned to take a seat on the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
District 3 encompasses Alameda, Contra Costa,
Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Lindstrom, 47, brings to the board 22 years of
experience as a sole practitioner, extensive community involvement and
16 years as an arbitrator for the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
"I have an 'everyman's' perspective of
the lawyer who's out there every day trying to make ends meet as an
attorney, comply with the rules and provide competent legal service to
the clients they represent," he said.
He wants the bar to address its members' needs
and to give them more bang for the buck, to help make practice easier
by offering services such as online MCLE courses, and to educate the
public about how to access licensed lawyers. Lindstrom said unlicensed
practice is a significant problem in Santa Clara County, and he
believes the bar should take action to curb UPL and protect the