Stolpman joins race for president

Long Beach attorney Thomas G. Stolpman, 46, threw his hat in the ring last month for the 1996-97 presidency of the State Bar.

Stolpman, 46, joins Michael Case and John McGuckin Jr., who filed in February to run for the bar's top post. The president will be elected by the Board of Governors on April 20.

Now in his third year on the bar board, Stolpman is a vice-president and chairs the courts and legislation committee. During his tenure, he has been involved with client relations, bar communications and lawyer referral services.

A graduate of UCLA, Stolpman received his law degree from the University of Southern California. He is a plaintiffs attorney and partner with Silver, McWilliams, Stolpman, Mandel, Katzman, Krissman & Elber.

He served as president of the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association and was on the boards of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the California Trial Lawyers Association.

The presidency is a one-year, unpaid position. The new president will succeed Jim Towery of San Jose at the bar's Annual Meeting.