HOWARD B. MILLER ELECTED 85TH PRESIDENT OF THE STATE BAR OF CALIFORNIA

MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2208   diane.curtis@calbar.ca.gov

San Francisco, May 15, 2009 — Howard B. Miller, a partner at Girardi Keese in Los Angeles, former president of the Los Angeles Board of Education and a regular on Super Lawyer lists, today was elected 2009-2010 president of The State Bar of California.

Miller, 71, ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation on a unanimous vote. He will be sworn in as the 85th president of the 222,000-member organization at the State Bar’s September annual meeting in San Diego.

The other third-year members of the Board of Governors who were eligible to run chose not to. They are Bonnie Dumanis, San Diego District Attorney; John Dutton, Auburn solo practitioner; Richard Frankel, partner in the San Ramon firm of Frankel & Goldware, and John Peterson, of counsel in the Fresno office of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo.

Miller said his focus would be on service to members, public protection and legal services. “The main thing for the board is to make sure . . . that every dollar of every member’s dues is spent in the most efficient way,” he said.

A graduate of Pepperdine University and University of Chicago Law School who clerked for California Supreme Court Justice Roger Traynor, Miller specializes in patent and other intellectual property litigation, anti-trust and general complex commercial litigation. He also does appellate work for the firm.

His wide experience includes two years as executive editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal as well as a leading role on the 1969-1973 PBS weekly television show, “The Advocates,” in which public issues were put on trial with unrehearsed examination of leading public figures.  He also has a Los Angeles radio program, “Champions of Justice,” with his law partner, Thomas Girardi.

Since 2004, Miller has been listed annually as a “Southern California Super Lawyer” by Los Angeles Magazine. He has been named among the 500 leading litigators in America, was president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Jewish Committee and was a law professor at the University of Southern California. He was president of the Los Angeles Board of Education from 1977-1979 and chief operating officer of the district from 1999-2000.

Miller and his wife of 51 years, Shirley, have three sons and seven grandchildren. Two sons and a daughter-in-law are California attorneys.

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. By May 2009, membership reached more than 222,000.

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