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districts and the races for two offices in the Los Angeles district are being couched in "insider v. outsider" terms.

The candidates are:

District 4 (San Francisco and Marin counties): Laura Goldin, 48, a partner in the San Francisco firm    Rothschild & Goldin; Marie F. Hogan, 52, NextCard Inc. senior counsel; Roderick A. McLeod, 53, a partner with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP; Robert H. Perez, 65, supervising attorney with the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services; and Matthew N. White, 47, a San Rafael sole practitioner and of counsel to Keegin, Harrison, Schoppert & Smith.

District 6 (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Kern, Ventura, Riverside and San Bernardino counties): James O. Heiting, 53, a partner with Heiting & Irwin in Riverside.

District 7, Office 1 (Los Angeles County): Stephen J. Ipsen, 41, deputy district attorney and Matthew St. George, 52.

District 7, Office 2: Michelle "Mickey" Katz, 60, a certified family law specialist and family law mediator, and David M. Marcus, 49, partner with Marcus, Watanabe, Snyder and Dave, LLP.

District 8 (Orange County): Richard L. Dombrow, 58, of Santa Ana, a sole family law practitioner; Grace E. Emery, 75, of Orange, a sole practitioner in employment law; Jack P. Holmes, 41, of Fullerton, a sole practitioner who specializes in business litigation, personal injury and immigration law; Richard W. Millar Jr., 63, of Newport Beach, partner with Millar, Hodges & Bemis; and Joel S. Miliband, 49, of Irvine, a partner with Rus, Miliband & Smith.

Complete election details can be found on pages 21-24.

Ballots were mailed April 30 and must be returned by July 1. Winners will take office Oct. 10 at the bar's annual meeting in Monterey. New board members are elected by attorneys whose place of business is in the bar district in which an election is held.

The future of the sometimes controversial conference of delegates, which may spin off from the bar in some fashion if a proposal currently under debate is adopted, was addressed by virtually every candidate. Two former chairs are seeking office and several other candidates are past or current delegates to the group. But while most see the conference as a valuable tool for the bar to give advice to legislators and help create or change California laws, most agreed with the notion of a friendly divorce.

In District 8, four of the five candidates mentioned the unauthorized practice of law by non-attorneys as a serious problem, offering solutions that range from authorizing the bar to prosecute such individuals to putting pressure on local district attorneys to enforce the law.

Insider v. outsider

In Los Angeles, where Matt Cavanaugh won a seat last year by running as an outsider, he is trying to create another insider v. outsider race. Two candidates, Matt St. George for Office 1 and Michelle Katz for Office 2, won the endorsement of the Breakfast Club, a group of local attorneys who solicit and endorse candidates. Old friends and longtime bar activists, they are running as a team.

Cavanaugh contacted the other Los Angeles candidates, Stephen J. Ipsen and David M. Marcus, to run as a team as well. Although Marcus says in his campaign material that he is not an insider, he also was careful in an interview to clarify his position: "I'm certainly not some anti-establishment radical." He also softened somewhat his claim that the board rubber stamps staff recommendations "without regard for what is in the best interest of the members."

He told the California Bar Journal: "I do not know whether the decisions are necessarily in the best interest of lawyers. If they are, I'll support them. To the extent (the board) may make decisions and spend money that are not in the best interest of lawyers, I want to be there."

For his part, Ipsen said he is running on his own and declined to be part of a ticket. He says he is not anti-bar board nor would he bring a negative agenda to the board. "I believe in institutions and strong institutions, but I believe they can grow out of control," he says. He says he simply wants to bring a fresh perspective to the bar, which, like any large organization can benefit from a different viewpoint, and he wants to take a hard look at how it spends member dues.

Their opponents say their long involvement and experience are the very reasons they should be elected. "I've always felt that kind of involvement offers a benefit," says Katz, a family law mediator who favors collaboration over divisiveness. "It's not a drawback."

As for the insider-outsider notion, "Been there, done that," says St. George. "Those are the wars of the past and I'm looking to the future. We saw what happens when you have those kind of fights. We had a veto. It's time to say we're all in this together."

CYLA election

In addition to the race for the board of governors, four candidates were deemed elected to the board of the California Young Lawyers Association, which represents attorneys age 35 and under or those who have been in practice fewer than five years.

They are:

District 4, Lesley Weaver, 32, an attorney with Milberg Weiss Bershad Hynes & Lerach in San Francisco; District 6, Meghan B. Clark, 27, who practices in the law offices of David E. Edsall in Camarillo; District 7, Office 1, Francis S. Ryu, 34, an attorney with Gelfand Rappaport & Glaser in Los Angeles; District 7, Office 2, Los Angeles sole practitioner Excel A. Sharrieff, 32; and District 8, Matthew J. Fletcher, 27, of Connor, Culver, Blake & Griffin LLP in Irvine.