MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2283

San Francisco, September 01, 2009 — The State Bar of California is seeking applicants for the position of General Counsel, responsible for overseeing and directing the staff   representing the legal interests of the State Bar and its Board of Governors.

The General Counsel serves as the principal legal adviser to the Board of Governors and the State Bar entity and manages the staff  that provides the bar with legal representation  and advice in litigation, public contracting, administrative compliance, labor and employment, intellectual property, real property matters and on a wide range of other issues confronting a public entity.

The position is located in the State Bar’s San Francisco office. Application deadline is October 9, 2009.

Qualifications of applicants include:

  • Must be an active member of The State Bar of California;
  • Must have a demonstrated verifiable reputation for integrity and no history of disciplinary offenses as an attorney or in any other capacity;
  • A minimum ten (10) years progressively responsible experience in the practice of law, including experience in public entity or institutional representation;
  • A minimum five (5) years senior management/supervisory experience in administering personnel and budget requirements;
  • May substitute a Master's degree in a relevant field for up to two (2) years experience.

(Please see attached brochure for additional details and information.)

Interested attorneys should submit a résumé with a cover letter including information about the applicant’s current salary and the names of five work-related references. Qualified candidates from private law firms as well as those currently in public service are encouraged to apply.

Materials should be sent to: CPS Executive Search, 241 Lathrop Way, Sacramento, CA 95815 or Questions may be directed to Stuart Satow or Christine Iams, 916-263-1401.

Founded in 1927 by the state legislature, The State Bar of California is the administrative arm of the California Supreme Court in bar admissions and discipline matters, serving the public and seeking to improve  the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing in California must take and pass the California bar exam to become licensed to practice law in California. By September 2009, membership reached more than 223,000.