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Five elected to bar board

Five attorneys, including San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, were elected to three-year terms on the State Bar’s Board of Governors.

Richard Frankel of San Ramon ran unopposed in District 3 and was deemed elected. John Dutton of Auburn won the District 1 seat, John Peterson of Fresno will represent District 5, Howard Miller of Los Angeles won in District 7 and Dumanis won in District 9. The new members of the board, the governing and policymaking body of the more than 206,000-member organization, will be sworn in at the bar’s annual meeting Oct. 7 in Monterey.

Only 12,416 — 16.5 percent — of the bar’s 74,938 attorneys eligible to vote in the election cast ballots.

John Dutton

Dutton, 76, has been a municipal court judge in San Jose, a deputy district attorney, a law professor at McGeorge School of Law and a lawyer in private practice in San Francisco, San Jose and Auburn, where he currently practices. His work includes corporate and business matters, partnership dissolutions, condemnation, bankruptcy, personal injury and probate, as well as business litigation, appellate work and criminal matters.

Richard Frankel

Frankel, 59, immediate past president of the Contra Costa County Bar Association, is a business and employment attorney. A businessman before earning his law degree in 1982, Frankel has served as judge pro tem in Contra Costa County and was on the county bar association’s board of directors from 1994-2003.

John Peterson

Peterson, 65, is of counsel with Jory, Peterson, Watkins, Ross & Woolman in Fresno, a firm he co-founded. He has been president of the Fresno County Bar Association, Fresno County Legal Services and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers’ San Joaquin Valley chapter.

Howard Miller

Howard Miller, 69, is a partner and has a civil practice with Girardi & Keese in Los Angeles. He clerked for Roger Traynor, former chief justice of the California Supreme Court, taught for many years at the University of Southern California law school and was a regular participant on “The Advocates,” a national PBS television show. He also was president of the Los Angeles Unified School District board.

Bonnie Dumanis

Dumanis, 54, is a former superior court judge who won the district attorney’s primary race in 2002 over one of her competitors in this year’s board of governors race, City Attorney Mike Aguirre. She has been on the boards of the San Diego County Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of San Diego.

Members of the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) elected Pamela Kong of Oakland, Zachary Rothenberg of Santa Monica and Joanne Doughty of San Diego to the CYLA board. Anu Chopra of Yuba City and Brett Jolley of Stockton ran unopposed and were deemed elected. The CYLA board of directors will elect one of its members to the State Bar board in August.

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