Contact: Laura Ernde 


San Francisco, April 17, 2013 – A Sacramento-area attorney has been deemed elected and two San Francisco lawyers are vying for a second elected seat on the State Bar Board of Trustees in 2013.

Joanna Mendoza, 49, of Granite Bay, was the only candidate to file in District 3, which is comprised of 23 counties in Northern California: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo and Yuba. Mendoza has been deemed elected since no one else filed to run in that district.

Two attorneys are running in District 1, which covers Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties. They are Daniel Dean, 47, a San Francisco trial attorney, and Omid E. Talai, 30, an assistant district attorney with the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office.

Ballots will be mailed to April 30, and State Bar members have until July 1 to cast their votes, either electronically or by mail. The new trustees will be sworn in for three-year terms at the State Bar Annual Meeting in October.

More information about the board elections can be found on the State Bar website.


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 April 2013, membership reached 242,000.