MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2028

San Francisco, February 01, 2010 — The State Bar of California is seeking applications from attorneys interested in serving on the board of directors of California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA).

One two-year position will be open in August, with the successful candidate eligible for reappointment for two additional terms. Deadline for receipt of applications is April 30.

CRLA is a nonprofit Legal Services Corporation-funded program created to provide legal assistance to the rural poor. The 45-member board meets four times a year 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 and have an interest in and knowledge of the delivery of quality legal services to the poor. Attorneys familiar with migrant/farm worker advocacy are urged to apply. Two appointments will require some relationship with farm worker advocacy or farm worker communities, and the letter of interest should indicate such a connection. Applications will be initially reviewed by the CRLA 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 materials should be sent to Chris Zupanovich, State Bar of California, 180 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639; or Questions may be directed to 415-538-2534.

Founded in 1927 by the 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 February, membership reached more than 226,000.