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Five elected to board of governors

Five attorneys were elected to three-year terms on the State Bar Board of Governors and will be sworn in next month at the bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. The new board members are:

Clark Gehlbach

DISTRICT 1: Clark Gehlbach of Roseville. A Placer County deputy district attorney who also ran for the board in 2003, the 43-year-old Gehlbach is a board member of both the Auburn Union Elementary School District and the Placer Public Employees Organization. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC-Hastings College of the Law.

Cheryl Hicks

DISTRICT 3: Cheryl Hicks of Oakland. Hicks, 50, is a solo practitioner in Oakland specializing in juvenile dependency, family law and plaintiffs personal injury law. She received the Myer J. Sankary Attorney of the Year Award in 2008 for community and service leadership and the Alameda County Bar Association Distinguished Service Award for 2009. She is a past president of the Alameda County Bar Association. Hicks is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Lowell Carruth

DISTRICT 5: Lowell Carruth of Fresno. Carruth, 71, is of counsel with McCormick Barstow LLP in Fresno, where he handles business and commercial litigation, products liability, professional malpractice, general negligence, insurance bad faith and wrongful termination. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, was president of the San Joaquin Valley chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is active in the Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California. He is a graduate of Stanford University and UC-Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law.

Patrick Kelly

DISTRICT 7: Patrick Kelly of Los Angeles. Kelly, 66, is western region managing partner for Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP with experience in insurance defense and complex commercial litigation. Kelly, who received the endorsement of the influential Los Angeles Breakfast Club, is a former president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, former member of the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation and former president of the Coalition for Justice. He also served on the board of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. Kelly received his law degree from Loyola Law School and his undergraduate degree from Pomona College.

Wells Lyman

DISTRICT 9: Wells Lyman of La Mesa. Lyman, 66, is a solo practitioner specializing in bankruptcy and family law. He also has served as a mediator for the San Diego Superior Court and as judge pro tem. He is past president of the San Diego County and Foothills bar associations. He received his law degree from California Western School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Ohio State University.

Micha Star Liberty

CALIFORNIA YOUNG LAWYERS ASSOCIATION: Micha Star Liberty, the current CYLA representative to the board of governors, was elected to serve another one-year term. She practices in San Francisco.

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