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San Francisco, June 16, 2010 — The State Bar of California has begun a national search for a new Executive Director to lead the 227,000-member organization that oversees admissions, regulation and discipline of lawyers.

The new Executive Director will report to the bar’s 23-member Board of Governors and lead the bar in its public protection, member services, administrative support, board administration and senior management functions. The new Executive Director will succeed Judy Johnson, who is retiring.

The search, led by The Hawkins Company of Los Angeles, seeks a seasoned professional and demonstrated leader with a track record of success, proven accomplishments and performance in managing a public, private or nonprofit enterprise of similar size and complexity to the State Bar, which has 500 employees and a $140 million general and special fund budget.

The Executive Director will be expected to provide superior leadership and management in Board Relations, External Relations, Strategic Leadership, Operations Management and Organization.

Other qualifications include:

  • A minimum of ten (10) years senior-level management responsibility
  • Outstanding management and leadership skills and familiarity with the legal profession.
  • Experience managing a large, complex organization with an elected board
  • Ideally, a master’s degree in business or public administration.

(For additional details and information, please see attached brochure.)

Qualified individuals may submit a statement of interest and résumé, including education, positions held, current salary and special qualifications to Bill Hawkins at Materials received by July 23 will receive first consideration. Initial interviews are scheduled to take place in late August but the position is open until filled.

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 June 2010, membership reached 227,000.