CANDIDATE FOR DISTRICT 3
2013 Board of Trustees Election
Admitted to practice law in California: Dec. 4, 1990
Public disciplinary history: None
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Disclaimer: This Candidate Statement was supplied by the candidate and has not been checked for accuracy by any official or employee of the State Bar.
It is an honor to be a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Board of Trustees. I believe I am the most qualified and
best candidate for the position for several reasons: 1) Through years of volunteer experience I have come to know and
understand how the State Bar operates and functions; 2) my willingness to take on leadership positions within the State
Bar and working with its executives and Board members means I understand the role of the Board of Trustees and many
of the issues facing the Board; and 3) altogether this experience allows me to step into the trustee role as an effective
and dynamic leader for District 3 within the State Bar organization.
Over the next few years the Board of Trustees will be faced with several important issues which are within its legislative
mandate of protecting the public through the licensing, regulating and disciplining of attorneys within California. Some
recent issues include the consideration of a “limited-practice licensing program” for non-lawyers, adding a practical skills
training and pro bono work requirement for law students, and expanding the MCLE requirements for practicing attorneys. I
know and understand these issues.
The trustees are given the responsibility of determining whether such proposals achieve the goal of protecting the public
and to ensure that existing systems and programs are still achieving that goal. I understand and appreciate that role,
while at the same time I can appreciate the role that an elected representative must serve for her constituency.
As your representative, I will serve as the voice of District 3 on these issues and many others. In this regard it is
important for you to understand that my experience as a leader within the State Bar organization over the past ten years
will serve District 3 well. My leadership roles have included the chair of the IP Law Section in 2008, co-chair of
the Council of State Bar Sections in 2012, and serving on the Board of Trustee’s Task Force on Sections since 2011.
Over the past few years I have been working with leaders of every specialty law section of the State Bar.
As a result of my years of volunteer service, I have gone through the process of learning how the State Bar operates and
how to be effective within the organization. I have seen others go through exactly the same difficult learning process, and
I know that it can easily take one to two years to really understand the State Bar and how to be truly an effective leader
within the organization (like any agency or business). The trustee position is for a three-year term, and you do not want
your elected representative spending one to two years just learning about the position and how to be effective within the
organization. I will be an effective and dynamic leader for our District as soon as I am sworn into the position.
For these reasons, I ask for your support.
Law Offices of Joanna R. Mendoza
PO Box 2593
Granite Bay, CA 95746