Two Attorneys Elected to State Bar Board of Trustees

Contact: Laura Ernde  415-538-2028  laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, July 12, 2012 – Attorneys Christopher W. Todd of San Diego and David A. Torres of Bakersfield were elected by their peers today to serve three-year terms on the State Bar Board of Trustees.

Todd, 51, will represent bar members who live in District 4, which covers Imperial, Inyo, Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange and San Diego counties. Todd is a civil trial lawyer at Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP. He’s held leadership positions in the San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Defense Lawyers and William L. Todd Jr. chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Torres, 51, will represent bar members who live in District 5, which includes Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne counties. His private practice focuses on state and criminal defense. He’s held leadership positions in the Kern County Bar Association and the Bench-Bar Coalition of the California Judicial Council. Torres also serves as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate Generals Corps.

Turnout for the election was 15.2 percent of those eligible to cast ballots. About 42 percent of the votes came in electronically and the rest came via paper ballot.

In District 4, Todd received 52 percent of the votes against competitors Nikki Presley Miliband, 46, of Newport Beach and Michael A. Scafiddi, 55, of San Bernardino.

Torres received 67 percent of the votes over R. Konrad Moore, 49, of Bakersfield.

The State Bar Board of Trustees is the governing and policymaking body of the 238,000-member organization. Todd and Torres will be sworn in at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October.

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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. By July 2012, membership reached 238,000.