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Five win seats on bar board

Five attorneys will take their seats on the State Bar Board of Governors next month after winning election to the 23-member board.

The new members are Richard L. Crabtree of Chico, Demetrius D. Shelton of Oakland, Paul S. Hokokian of Fresno, Sheldon H. Sloan of Los Angeles and Raymond G. Aragon of Bonita.

Also elected were new board members and officers for the California Young Lawyers Association. Anthony Paul Diaz, 32, a Los Angeles deputy city attorney, will represent CYLA on the board of governors next year for a one-year term.

All winners will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald M. George Saturday, Sept. 6, at the bar's Annual Meeting in Anaheim. The new members of the board of governors will sit for three years.

Raymond Aragon

Aragon, 50, ran unopposed in District 9 (San Diego and Imperial counties) and was deemed elected. He is a senior trial attorney with the San Diego County Department of the Public Defender. His local bar activities include membership in the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association and Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

Richard Crabtree

Crabtree, 43, is a partner in a small Chico law firm where he specializes in environmental, public entity and employment law. He is a former member of the State Bar's Environmental Law Section executive committee. He will represent District 1 (California's 19 northernmost counties)

Demetrius Shelton

Shelton, 37, will represent District 3 (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties). He is a deputy city attorney in Oakland, former president of the Charles Houston Bar Association and a member of numerous community and legal organizations.

Paul Hokokian

Hokokian, 51, will begin his second three-year term representing District 5 (14 central California counties). A staff attorney with the Fresno County Department of Child Support Services, Hokokian is a past president of the Fresno County Bar Association.

Sheldon Sloan

Sloan, 67, is the government affairs counsel for Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith. He is a former municipal court judge, a former Los Angeles County Bar Association president and has served on the Judicial Council and the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation. He will represent Los Angeles.

New members of the CYLA board are: Daniel H. Alexander of Chico, Krishna Juvvadi of Palo Alto, Thomas H. Vidal of Los Angeles, Kenneth M. Wentz III of Stockton and Matthew B. Butler of San Diego.

Alexander, Wentz and Butler ran unopposed in Districts 1, 5 and 9 respectively and were deemed elected.

Alexander is an associate with the Law Offices of Lawrence A. Puritz specializing in civil litigation. He also has a solo practice for estate planning.

Juvvadi is an associate in Pillsbury Winthrop, LLP's litigation group.

Vidal is an associate at Gelfand Rappaport & Glaser, LLP specializing in entertainment law. He is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University.

Wentz is an associate at Parish and Small.

Butler is a member of the law firm Shewry & Van Dyke, LLP. He is also a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, American Trial Lawyers Association and the San Diego Defense Lawyers Association.

Also elected officers of CYLA were: Craig Nicholas of San Diego, president; Maralee MacDonald of Sacramento, first vice president; John Calkins of San Francisco, second vice president; and Jennifer Roth of Los Angeles, third vice president.

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