|Less than 10 percent of the eligible voters in four bar districts cast
votes, compared with the usual 25-30 percent.
The election in the fifth district, San
Francisco and Marin counties, was uncontested, so no ballots were sent.
Unlike previous years, the bar did not send a return envelope or information about the
candidates with the ballots.
The new board members are:
District 2, Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El
Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo counties: Sacramento
County Bar Association President James R. "Jay" Greiner
defeated two other Sacramento attorneys, Brenton A. Bleier and Timothy Taylor.
a strong supporter of the State Bar who ran on a platform of improved communication with
members and re-establishing the bar's credibility.
Greiner, 43, is a criminal defense attorney who has his own practice. He succeeds
Sacramento City Attorney Samuel Jackson.
District 3, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo
and Santa Clara counties: David L. Roth, a 45-year-old Oakland sole
practitioner, defeated Burlingame attorney Gerald R. McKay.
Roth is a member of the
Confer-ence of Delegates and favors its inclusion in a mandatory bar association. He's a
firm backer of a strong statewide bar.
Roth succeeds Ann Ravel of San Jose.
District 4, San Francisco and Marin counties:
San Francisco public defender and long-time bar activist Ronald Albers
ran unopposed and assumed the seat of new bar president Raymond Marshall.
Albers said the bar's
predicament offers an opportunity to reconstruct a more efficient and effective
organization. He believes that the bar's most critical functions are admissions,
discipline and the selection of judges.
District 7, Office 1, Los Angeles: Karen
S. Nobumoto, who had the endorsement of the Los Angeles Breakfast Club, was
elected to fill the seat of Leon Goldin.
A Los Angeles deputy district attorney, Nobumoto, 46, is a longtime bar activist who
stressed fiscal accountability, an effective discipline system and universal access to the
courts in her campaign.
Thomas L. Flat-tery, a semi-retired corporate general counsel, and Robert E. Kelly Jr., a
trial lawyer who favors massive bar reforms.
District 7, Office 2, Los Angeles: James
D. Otto defeated three-time candidate Robert K. Steinberg.
Otto is the managing partner of Cummins & White in Los Angeles, had the Breakfast
Club endorsement, and ran on a campaign of getting the bar back to basics.
He favors a more
cost-effective and less bureaucratic bar, which he believes should try to address the
needs of the average California attorney.
Otto assumes the seat of Jeffrey Tidus.
Several individuals and law firms made contributions to defray the cost of the
Cable & Wireless Inc., a long distance provider and corporate sponsor of the
Foundation of the State Bar, donated $27,500, the bulk of the funds for the election.
Other contributors were former board member Samuel Jackson; former State Bar presidents
Harvey Saferstein of Los Angeles and Thomas Stolpman of Long Beach; law firms Daar &
Newman of Los Angeles; Jackson Tufts Cole & Black of San Francisco; Pivo &
Halbreich of Irvine; and Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker of Los Angeles.
Newest member resigns
In another development, the newest public board member resigned after attending part of
Pleasanton police chief William Eastman, appointed by Gov. Wilson the night before,
attended the board meeting at which the new bar president was elected. He left by lunch
and has since cited health reasons.
The terms of three other public members also have expired: businesswoman Wendy
Borcherdt of Los Angeles, Westwood management consultant Gregory Segall and psychologist
Dorothy Tucker of Los Angeles.
Borcherdt, a strong bar critic, was appointed by Wilson.
Segall was appointed by then-Speaker of the Assembly Curt Pringle, R-Garden Grove.
Tucker, who has been on the board for eight years, was named three times by different