MEDIA CONTACT:  Diane Curtis   415-538-2283

San Francisco, February 23, 2010 — Applications are being accepted for the positions of one review judge and two hearing judges for the State Bar Court.

The State Bar Court is an independent, adjudicative entity that acts as an administrative arm of the Supreme Court in attorney disciplinary and regulatory proceedings.

Qualified applicants are being sought for six-year terms. Two of the judges, one hearing judge and one review judge, will be appointed by the California Supreme Court based upon the recommendations and ratings of applicants by the Applicant Evaluation and Nomination Committee (AENC). The remaining hearing judge will be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules who will make their choice from the applicants found qualified by the AENC.

The AENC is comprised of four members of the State Bar, two retired or active judicial officers and one public member, all appointed by the Supreme Court.

Deadline for applications is 5 p.m., March 19. Annual salary for the review judge, which is a part-time (60%) position, is $107,273 and $163,274 for the hearing judges.

The State Bar Court operates in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The review judge may be located in San Francisco or Los Angeles. One hearing judge will be located in Los Angeles and the other in San Francisco.

Applicants must have been admitted to the practice of law in California for at least five years and must not have any record of prior discipline in any state. State Bar Court judges may not practice law during their terms of office.

Application forms and questionnaires are available on the State Bar's Web site. For more information or to request an application packet by mail, call 415-538-2015 or write to The State Bar of California, Office of the State Bar Court - Judge, 180 Howard Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105-1639.

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. In February 2010, membership reached more than 225,000.