California Bar Journal
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
spacer.gif (810 bytes)

California Bar Journal

The State Bar of California


spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Front Page - September 1998
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Need info about bar members? Look on the net
Western State law school wins provisional approval for ABA accreditation
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
You Need to Know
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
From the President - A privilege gone awry
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
In defense of opinion
Thomas can think as he chooses
Time to drain the 'BOG'
Let's build a stronger forum
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Letters to the Editor
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Trials Digest
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Legal Tech - 10 reasons to ignore 2000 problem
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
New Products & Services
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Law Practice - When mediating, let your imagination run loose
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
MCLE Self-Study
The Internet and Global Implications
Self-Assessment Test
MCLE Calendar of Events
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Ethics Byte - 'He said, she said' rule for sex
Attorney disbarred after investing client's assets
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
Annual Meeting
Did you know these Monterey Peninsula facts?
Scenic, legal visions on the menu
Four vie to lead embattled State Bar
11 seek five seats on bar board
District 2: Three-way race in capital and environs
District 4: Unopposed in San Francisco, Albers is ready
District 7, Office 1: 3 seek southern seat...
District 7, Office 2: ...and also in Los Angeles...
District 3: Two-way race develops in South, East Bay region
District 7, Office 1: 3 seek southern seat...
spacer.gif (810 bytes)
DISTRICT 7, Office 1: Los Angeles.

Thomas L. Flattery

As a longtime corporate general counsel who is now semi-retired, THOMAS L. FLATTERY believes he would bring both a fresh perspective and enough free time to make some changes at the State Bar.

"I would bring a fresh approach and wouldn't be encumbered by the board's policies that have caused them to reach a point where they've run into a wall with the governor," Flattery said. "I have some extra time, and I'd like to put some time back into the profession which has done very well for me."

Also a member of the voluntary New York and Connecticut bars, Flattery says they work well; he favors a voluntary bar which can take political stands and a mandatory bar to regulate the profession.

And although he supports continuing legal education, he opposes a system which permits exemptions for some while requiring 36 hours over three years for others.

Flattery, 75, was the first chair of the State Bar business law section's corporate law committee and served on similar committees in the Los Angeles and Century City bars. He also is a member of six sections of the American Bar Association and the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association, and is an arbitrator, mediator and settlement officer for the Los Angeles municipal and superior courts. In addition, Flattery is a commercial arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a judge pro tem in Los Angeles.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, he received his law degree from UCLA law school and an LLM from the University of Southern California. He and his wife have nine adult children and they like to ski and play golf.

Robert E. Kelly Jr.

ROBERT E. KELLY JR. wonders if he's the only candidate for the board of governors who possesses a personality.

With his candidacy papers, he filed a statement attesting to his membership in the National Rifle Association, the Home Handyman Club of America and the American Welding Society.

He also stated, admittedly tongue in cheek, that he "believes strongly that the consumption of alcohol in moderation can alleviate many of the stresses of legal practice, as well as removing the rough edges from a personality which has been described by those who know him well as demented, unpleasant and psychotic."

A 57-year-old trial lawyer and partner with La Follette, Johnson, De Haas, Fesler & Ames of Los Angeles, Kelly said in an interview that the bar needs some serious pruning, discipline should be stricter, and if MCLE (which he opposes) is required, courses should be taken in areas relevant to an attorney's practice.

Unafraid of hyperbole, Kelly added, "If the State Bar or those who remain there wish to continue business as usual once they get the dues back up, which I hope doesn't happen, if there is any life left in the corpse, I would like to be there to help put the stakes in its heart."

Kelly's only bar activity was former membership in the Los Angeles County Bar Association, "an organization in which he lost interest after one meeting."

Kelly's wife is a certified public accountant and the couple has no children. He received his law degree from New York University Law School and has been a California lawyer since 1976.

Karen S. Nobumoto

If elected to the board of governors, KAREN S. NOBUMOTO's first order of business will be to help resolve the impasse over the State Bar's dues bill. That, she said, requires a hard look at the bar's finances.

"We have to be financially prudent and responsible to our members," said the Los Angeles deputy district attorney, adding that fiscal responsibility can help re-establish the bar's credibility. "If we show dues being efficiently utilized, we will improve our relationship with our members."

A longtime bar activist who has the endorsement of the influential Breakfast Club, Nobumoto, 46, also favors strong and quick action against attorneys who are harming the public and swift resolution of complaints against attorneys which are meritless.

She is a strong supporter of universal access to the courts and legal services. And she thinks the bar can be streamlined by becoming more cost-effective and less bureaucratic. Citing the bar's ownership of two buildings in San Francisco and a lease in Los Angeles, Nobumoto said, "We don't have to be landowners to serve our constituency."

Nobumoto served as the California Young Lawyers Association liaison to the board of governors in 1991-92, has been a delegate to the Conference of Delegates and is past president of the John M. Langston Bar Association. She currently is president of the John M. Langston Foundation.

Her lengthy list of bar-related activities also includes membership on the State Bar's ethnic minority relations committee, three years on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), and she was a founding fellow of the Foundation of the State Bar.

She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles and the National Bar Association.

None of those activities leaves much spare time, but she likes to dance and paint. Nobumoto is single, received her law degree from Southwestern School of Law and has been a lawyer since 1989.