MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis    415-538-2028

San Francisco, May 27, 2009 — The State Bar of California is seeking applications from attorneys interested in serving on the board of directors of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County/Community Legal Services (LASOC/CLS) for three vacant positions.

Applicants must practice or reside in the area served by LASOC/CLS, which includes Orange and southeast Los Angeles counties. Applicants who currently practice in the greater Los Angeles area are preferred.

Term of office is three years. Deadline for receipt of applications is July 31, 2009.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a nonprofit Legal Services Corporation-funded program created to provide legal assistance to low-income residents of Orange and southeast Los Angeles counties. The LASOC/CLS board of directors meets 10-12 times a year in person, via teleconference or via videoconference to make policy decisions governing the program's operations.

Eligible applicants must be State Bar members, support the purposes of the Legal Services Corporation Act, have an interest in and knowledge of the delivery of quality legal services to the poor and have a sincere commitment to the program's mission to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community. Applications will be initially reviewed by the LASOC/CLS board of directors.

Interested attorneys should apply by letter, listing the reasons they should be appointed. A résumé outlining work experience, community activity and educational background must be included. The letter or résumé should include attorney bar number.

All materials should be sent to Chris Zupanovich, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639. Questions may be directed to Chris Zupanovich at (415) 538-2534 or

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.