California Bar Journal
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Bar appoints six to diversion program oversight committee
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Six members of the oversight committee for the State Bar's new Attorney Diversion and Assistance Program were appointed by the board of governors last month.

They are: Kellie M. Condon, PhD., director of chemical dependency treatment for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fresno; John H. Shale, M.D., J.D., medical director of the San Diego County Adult Mental Health Services; Norman T. Reynolds, M.D., a San Jose psychiatrist in private practice; David P. Dawson of San Francisco, president of The Other Bar; Stewart Hsieh, a Los Angeles attorney and former board member of the Medical Board of California's diversion program; and Edwin Caldwell, a San Francisco attorney in recovery since 1976 and a founder of The Other Bar. Their terms run from one to three years.

Gov. Davis will appoint two lawyers and two public members to the oversight committee, and the Senate Rules Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly will name one member each. Those appointments were expected shortly.

The diversion program, created under legislation signed into law last year, was expected to get underway early this month. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it is designed to help alcoholic or drug-addicted attorneys become sober and avoid discipline by the bar. About four in 10 attorney discipline cases involve alcohol or drugs.