State Bar of California

180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
Telephone: (415) 538-2000

1149 South Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015-2299
Telephone: (213) 765-1000


Established: 1927
Total Number of Members: 226,968
Inactive Members: 47,876
Not Eligible to Practice Law: 9,556
Judges: 2,026
Membership is: Compulsory

Bar Profile:
With over 220,000 members, the State Bar of California is the largest State Bar association in the country. The terms "Bar Member" and "Bar Association" originated in the 18th century as a means of identifying attorneys as opposed to other participants in the administration of justice. The "Bar" reference is to the railing or "Bar" in a court room that traditionally separates the spectators or observation gallery from the lawyers and the judge. The judge occupies the "bench" in the courtroom and is frequently referred to as a "bench officer."

To practice law in California, attorneys must pass the California Bar Examination, meet moral character requirements, and pay their annual licensing membership fees to the State Bar. These fees are what fund the many activities of the State Bar including its regulatory activities.

California is what is referred to as a "unified" State Bar. It is statutory public corporation in the judicial branch of state government. As a unified State Bar, it "unifies" both the regulatory licensing activities applicable to the practice of law as well as the association activities of a professional association. In a unified bar, "membership" is mandatory for all attorneys who must pay "membership" or licensing fees to maintain their license to practice law. These fees are used by the unifed State Bar not only to regulate attorneys but also to enhance the professional standing of attorneys and the administration of justice. California is one of over 30 states in the nation with unified State Bars.

Since its statutory creation in 1927, the State Bar of California has shaped the development of the law, regulated the professional conduct of the State's attorneys, enhanced the administration of justice, and striven to expand access to the justice system for all. The State Bar serves as an arm of the California Supreme Court in all of its regulatory duties.

Annual Meetings:

September 23-26, 2010

September 15-18, 2011
Long Beach

Current Officers & Leadership

Board of Governors

President Howard B. Miller
Girardi & Keese
1126 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: (213) 977-0211
Fax: (213) 481-1554

James H. Aguirre
Law Offices of Richardson & Fair
2601 South Figueroa Street, 1st Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213) 741-4598

Lowell T. Carruth
McCormick Barstow et al LLP
P.O. Box 28912
Fresno, CA 93729
Phone: (559) 433-1300
Fax: (559) 433-2300

Joseph L. Chairez
Baker & Hostetler LLP
600 Anton Boulevard, #900
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: (714) 754-6600
Fax: (714) 754-6611

Laura N. Chick
Office Inspector General Laura Chick
1400 10th Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-3003
Fax: (916) 322-3013

Angela Joy Davis
U.S. Attorney’s Office
312 North Spring Street, 11th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 894-3456

George O. Davis
Davis Broadband Group, Inc.
6245 Bristol Parkway, Suite 297
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: (310) 877-0925

Jeannine English
c/o The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 538-2358

William H. Gailey
Gailey Associates, Inc.
P.O. Box 5277
Garden Grove, CA 92846-0277
Phone: (714) 622-1900
Fax: (714) 622-1919

Clark E. Gehlbach
DDA Placer County
10810 Justice Center Drive, #240
Roseville, CA 95678
Phone: (916) 543-8000
Fax: (916) 543-2550

William N. Hebert
Vice President
Calvo & Clark, LLP
One Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 374-8370, ext. 139
Fax: (415) 374-8373

Rex Heinke
Vice President
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
2029 Century Park East, Suite 2400
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 229-1000
Fax: (310) 229-1001

Cheryl L. Hicks
1440 Broadway, #814
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (510) 452-1117

Patrick M. Kelly
Wilson Elser et al LLP
555 South Flower Street, #2900
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: (213) 443-5100
Fax: (213) 443-5101

Paul A. Kramer, Jr.
Vice President
California Energy Comm
1516 9th Street, M/S 9
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-5103
Fax: (916) 654-3897

Micha Star Liberty
Liberty Law Office
*414 13th Street, 7th Floor
*Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: (415) 896-1000 SF
*(510) 645-1000 Oakland
Fax: (415) 896-2249

Wells B. Lyman
P.O. Box 2085
La Mesa, CA 91943
Phone: (619) 589-9984
Fax: (619) 589-0073

Michael D. Marcus
Vice President
ADR Services, Inc.
1900 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 250
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: (310) 201-0010
Fax: (310) 201-0016

Gwen Moore
4201 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 615
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Phone: (323) 954-3777

Richard A. Rubin
Vice President
Richard A. Rubin Associates
7 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 434-0305
Fax: (415) 434-4243

Jon Streeter
Keker & Van Nest
710 Sansome Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: (415) 676-2249
Fax: (415) 391-7188

Michael Tenenbaum
2219 East Thousand Oaks Blvd, #301
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: (310) 919-3194
Fax: (310) 919-3727

Patricia P. White
Vice President
Littler Mendelson
50 West San Fernando Street, 15th Fl
San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 998-4150, ext. 405
Fax: (408) 288-5686


Executive Director and Secretary to the State Bar
Judy Johnson

Deputy Executive Director/Senior Executive, Human Resources
Robert Hawley

General Counsel
Larry Yee (Acting)

Senior Executive, Operations
Steve Mazer

Senior Executive, Admissions, Special Admissions
Gayle Murphy

Senior Executive, Information Technology
Resty Buenavidez (Acting)

Administrative Officer for State Bar Court
Colin Wong

Chief Trial Counsel
Russell Weiner (Acting)

Senior Executive, Finance
Peggy Van Horn

Senior Executive, Member Services
Starr Babcock
Phone: (415) 538-2170

Director, Section Education & Meeting Services
Pam Wilson
Phone: (415) 538-2210

Media Inquiries
Diane Curtis
Phone: (415) 538-2028


Office Of Section Education And Meetings Services
Pam Wilson
Director Section Education & Meeting Services
Phone: (415) 538-2210

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