| DISTRICT 2: Alpine,
Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo
Brenton A. Bleier
Sacramento attorney BRENTON A. BLEIER favors dismantling the mandatory
State Bar and separating its regulatory and professional functions.
He ran for the board of governors on that platform in 1995, and feels strongly enough
that he served on the Lawyers Committee for a Yes Vote on the 1996 plebiscite.
He also testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this year, where he
urged the legislature to split the State Bar's regulatory and professional activities.
The current board of governors, he charged, has mismanaged its negotiations with
Sacramento since the governor's October veto, and has implemented only those changes
forced upon it.
The current board is doing everything it can to demonstrate the profession cannot
be trusted to regulate itself, says the 55-year-old Sacramento practitioner.
From my perspective, said Bleier, what you have is a board that is
reluctantly trying to make a political deal rather than demonstrate leadership that would
show the governor and legislature that the profession itself can influence the future of
He accused the board of arrogance for continuing to honor its controversial contract
with a Sacramento lobbyist while laying off hundreds of bar employees and
sacrificing the public interest by closing down the complaint intake line.
Bleier called for the resignation of every board member who voted to approve the
$900,000, two-year pact with lobbyist Mel Assagai.
This group of people has got to go, Bleier said. They are ruining the
State Bar with their showdown tactics. It's time to stop playing politics.
Bleier is the principal of a five-attorney firm that bears his name and focuses on
complex commercial litigation, specializing in telecommunications. His wife is the
bookkeeper for the firm, and the couple has two grown children.
He is a member of the American Bar Association's communications law forum and the
National Panel of Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association. He also has been
active in the Sacramento judge pro tempore program since 1989.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Bleier received his law degree from Michigan
State University's Detroit College of Law. He has been a California attorney since 1974.
James R. Greiner
JAMES R. JAY GREINER believes that being an attorney is a
privilege which brings with it a responsibility to give something back. If elected to the
board of governors, he says he would bring the same type of leadership and vision he has
provided to the Sacramento County Bar Association as its president this year.
One of his goals is to foster better lines of communication between the bar and its
members so that informed decisions can be made by reasonable individuals. It is this
striving for excellence that will be the hallmark of the State Bar.
Improved communication also will help the bar re-establish credibility with its
membership, Greiner believes. We have to find out what they are thinking and be open
at meetings with that information, he said.
The 43-year-old Sacramento criminal defense attorney believes scrutiny of the bar by
lawmakers is healthy because the product that will emerge will be a stronger State
Bar for both the lawyers and the public.
He views the hostility toward the bar as a positive sign that lawyers in
California desire a State Bar that is responsive and visionary.
A sole practitioner, Greiner has a lengthy list of bar-related activities, including
membership in the American Bar Association, Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court and the
California Public Defenders Association.
He also is a judge pro tem in El Dorado County and an attorney representative on the
Criminal Justice Act panel for eastern district of California.
Greiner is single, coaches his nephew's soccer and baseball teams and also coaches a
high school mock trial team. He received his law degree from McGeorge law school and has
been an attorney since 1986.
Timothy M. Taylor
A founding member and one-time head of the State Bar's environmental law section, TIMOTHY
M. TAYLOR holds the bar's 17 educational sections in high esteem and sees them as
undeserving victims of the fee bill fracas.
If we step back and take a look at the whole thing and what we want to preserve,
the sections are at the top of my list, he said.
My concern is, we're throwing the baby out with the bath water, the baby being
Also a member of the real property law section, Taylor said his involvement with the
sections means he has been strongly affected by Gov. Wilson's veto of the bar's fee bill.
I thought it was a good time to try to step
in and see if some problems that have been raised can be addressed, he said.
The bar is an organization I respect.
Taylor's first priority as a board member would be to stabilize the bar with respect to
staffing and funding, so it can perform necessary services.
Bar leaders need to listen to the complaints of the sizeable number of attorneys
throughout the state and address those concerns, he said.
A shareholder in De Cuir & Somach in Sacramento, Taylor is married to an attorney,
has two children and is a monster New York Yankees fan.
He's a member of the Sacra-mento County Bar Association, the American Bar Association,
the American Planning Association and a board member of the Nehemiah Progressive Housing
Development Corp. Inc.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, he received his law degree from UCLA law school and a
masters degree from UCLA graduate school of architecture and urban planning.
He's been a California lawyer since 1987.