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Davis appoints two to bar board

New State Bar President Tony Capozzi and Chief Justice Ronald M. George
Capozzi takes over — New State Bar President Tony Capozzi and Chief Justice Ronald M. George

Gov. Gray Davis appointed Dr. Thomas Haider and Melvin D. Lee to the State Bar Board of Governors last month, giving the board its full complement of 23 members for the first time since 1997. The two were named to the board four days after five new attorney members were sworn in to three-year terms and a representative of the California Young Lawyers Association began a one-year term.

Dr. Thomas Haider

Haider, 49, of Riverside, is chief of the Spine Division at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and is the chairman of the Biomedical Advisory Board of the UCR/UCLA Thomas Haider Program in Biomedical Science.

Secretary of the American Board of Spine Surgery, he is the founder of the Children's Spine Foundation, which provides free education and spinal care for children without health insurance.

In 2001, he received the national AMA Pride in the Profession Award, and is also a recipient of the Chancellor's Medal of Honor and other awards in medicine and public service.

Haider received a bachelor of arts and a master of arts degree from the University of Colorado and a medical degree from Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Illinois.

Melvin D. Lee

Lee, 67, of San Francisco, founded the Pacific Automatic Sprinkler Company in 1971 and has been its president since that time. He also is a founder and former board member of Chinatown Savings and Loan since 1971 and, since 1968, has been a board member of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and Ning Yung Benevolence & Cemetery Association.

Lee is a former board member of the Center for the Arts in San Francisco and served as its president in 1994, was president of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and was a member of the San Francis-co Veterans Affairs Council.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Both appointments require confirmation by the state Senate.

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