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Four elected to bar board; fifth candidate not certified

Four attorneys were elected to three-year terms on the State Bar Board of Governors and a fifth was not certified, pending a review of his eligibility for the board. Jon Streeter of San Francisco won the District 4 seat and James Aguirre won the District 7, Office 1 seat in Los Angeles. Angela Davis was deemed elected to the District 7, Office 2 seat and Joseph Chairez was deemed elected to the District 8 seat, representing Orange County.

Michael Tenenbaum received the highest number of votes in District 6, but his eligibility is under review by the State Bar. Under §6015 of the State Bar Act, members of the board must maintain their principal office for the practice of law in the district they represent. District 6 encompasses Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. The location of Tenenbaum’s principal place of business is under review.

The new members of the board will be sworn in at the bar’s annual meeting Sept. 27 in Monterey.

Jon Streeter

Streeter, 51, is a partner with Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco, specializing in complex commercial civil litigation. He is chair of the firm’s pro bono committee and has a long record of dedication to public service. Streeter is vice chair of the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice and past president of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

James Aguirre

Aguirre, 55, is with the law firm of Richard and Fair in Los Angeles and is house counsel to the Automobile Club of Southern California. He currently serves on the Committee of Bar Examiners and chaired the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations in 2005. Aguirre began his career as a poverty attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Pasadena and set up one of the first domestic violence clinics in the state.

Angela Davis

Davis, 47, an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, is immediate past president of California Women Lawyers, chair-elect of Los Angeles Lawyer and one of 11 attorneys representing the State Bar in the ABA House of Dele-gates. She serves as community outreach and education liaison and specializes in the prosecution of major corporate and financial crimes.

Joseph Chairez

Former Orange County Bar Association President Chairez, 53, is a partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP in Costa Mesa, where he works in the litigation section and has handled numerous complex business and employment matters. He also is a member of the firm’s international team.

Chairez is former president of the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and was co-chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice.

Michael Tenenbaum

Tenenbaum, 39, is a principal with Tenenbaum & Associates and a member of the Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He received the highest number of votes in District 6, but the location of his principal place of business is under review.

Bar president Jeff Bleich apppointed a three-person committee to look into Tenenbaum’s eligibility. The panel is expected to report its findings prior to next month’s Annual Meeting, when the new board will take office.

Elected to the board of directors of the California Young Lawyers Association were Emily A. Proskine, 31, of San Francisco (District 4), Rhonda A. Haymon, 33, of Los Angeles and Stephen H. Sutow, 33, of Long Beach (District 7). Frances Pai, 28 of Irvine was deemed elected in District 8.

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