MEDIA CONTACT:  Richard A. Frankel   925-355-9800   

San Francisco, June 10, 2009 — The State Bar of California today reaffirmed the strong prosecutorial actions its Office of Chief Trial Counsel has been pursuing for the past four years. In a letter to the Senate Rules Committee and Senate and Assembly Judiciary Committees, the State Bar explained that not renewing the term of its Chief Trial Counsel Scott Drexel was purely a personnel and management decision. The decision was not related to the standards for prosecution that the Chief Trial Counsel's office has been implementing the past four years, said Richard Frankel, chair of the Regulation, Admissions and Discipline Committee.

Frankel, in a letter to legislative leaders, confirmed the State Bar will continue to maintain those standards, will include them in its formal notice announcing the vacancy and that applicants for the position of Chief Trial Counsel will be expected to continue these strong public protection policies consistent with well-established principles of administration of justice.

A copy of the State Bar's letter to the legislature is attached to this news release.

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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 June 2009, membership reached more than 222,000.