MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2283

San Francisco, August 28, 2009 — The State Bar of California is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Trial Counsel, responsible for the bar's disciplinary enforcement division that investigates complaints against attorneys and prosecutes cases of professional misconduct.

The chief is appointed by the State Bar's Board of Governors to a four-year term and must be confirmed by the State Senate Rules Committee.

The position is located in the State Bar's Los Angeles office. Application deadline is September 25, 2009.

Applicants must:

  • be active members of The State Bar of California;
  • have a demonstrated verifiable reputation for integrity and no history of disciplinary offenses as an attorney or in any other capacity;
  • have a minimum 5 years, 10 years preferred, progressively responsible active experience in the practice of law, including substantial trial experience, with such law practice in broad areas of the law;
  • have a minimum 2 years, 5 years preferred, prosecutorial or similar experience in administrative agency proceedings or disciplinary agencies;
  • have a minimum 2 years, 5 years preferred, management/supervisory experience in administering personnel and budget requirements.

(Please see attached brochure for additional details and information.)

Interested attorneys should submit a résumé with a cover letter including information about the applicant's current salary and the names of five work-related references.

Materials should be sent to: CPS Executive Search, 241 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 or Questions may be directed to Stuart Satow or Christine Iams, 916-263-1401.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, the State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, serving the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. In August 2009, State Bar membership reached more than 223,000.