|Judy Johnson, the State Bar's chief prosecutor, was confirmed for a
second four-year term last month by the California Senate.
A former deputy district
attorney for San Francisco and a former member of the bar's board of governors, Johnson
has served as the chief trial counsel since October 1994.
Although she was
renominated to the post in July 1998, the Senate did not act until recently.
The vote was 36-0.
Johnson has presided over both a streamlining of the office's procedures and the near
demise of its operations last year in the wake of former Gov. Pete Wilson's 1997 veto of
the bar's dues bill.
Under her guidance, the department has created strike teams and a system of priorities
to place greater emphasis on the most serious misconduct.
The discipline office consumes the lion's share of the bar's budget.