2014 Board of Trustees Election
Candidate for District 4
Heather L. Rosing
Admitted to practice law in California: Dec. 2, 1996
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 has been my pleasure to serve on the State Bar Board of Trustees for the past two and a half years. Another term on the board would give me the opportunity to continue working on the important projects and goals of the State Bar. I have dedicated my career to improving our profession and would be honored to have the opportunity to continue to do so through an additional term.
During my time on the Board of Trustees, I have worked hard on issues that matter to the profession and the clients we serve. For example, I have been a consistent and strong voice for diversity in the practice of law and the need for solutions in the access to justice arena. Additionally, I have been a proponent of enhanced educational experiences for lawyers, to help them gain critical competencies to best serve their practices and clientele. I was a member of the MCLE working group that initiated needed updates, such as expanding the substance abuse specialty requirement to include broader competence issues. I have also worked closely with a variety of local bar associations in our district to give presentations about the State Bar, to answer questions, to address concerns, and to implement positive change.
In October 2013, I was given the privilege of chairing the State Bar’s Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Oversight (RAD) Committee. In that capacity, I have worked closely with State Bar staff, trustees, and other stakeholders in examining the need for improvement in the arenas of admission and discipline in particular. The RAD Committee has recently succeeded in passing an important new policy that reforms how the discipline system reports its performance to the profession, the public, the California Supreme Court and the California Legislature, giving the organization enhanced transparency.
My background and other experiences continue to make me well-suited to serve effectively on the Board of Trustees. At my law firm, where I have practiced for almost 18 years, I lead a team that practices in the area of legal ethics, risk management, and legal malpractice defense. I have served as the president of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), as the co-chair of the SDCBA’s Legal Ethics Committee and as a board member and volunteer for many other organizations at the local, State, and national level. As a devotee of ethics, I regularly speak and teach about ethics on a pro bono basis for attorneys. As the SDCBA president, I launched a Civility, Integrity, and Professionalism Campaign that sought to increase collegiality in our profession and enhance its image with the public. Working with several key partners, I also started a pro bono program that provides services free of charge to active duty military under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
It would be a privilege to again be elected to the State Bar Board of Trustees. Working together, I believe we can strengthen the profession, enhance our services to our clients, and make positive contributions to the community at large.
Heather L. Rosing
501 W Broadway Suite 600
San Diego, CA 92101