Advisory Commissions to the california board of legal specialization

Appointment Information

The advisory commissions advise and assist the California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) in the administration of the certification programs for each of the following specialties:

  1. Admiralty and Maritime
  2. Appellate
  3. Bankruptcy
  4. Criminal
  5. Estate Planning, Trust and Probate
  6. Family
  7. Franchise and Distribution
  8. Immigration and Nationality
  9. Legal Malpractice
  10. Taxation
  11. Workers' Compensation

Each advisory commission:

  • reviews applications for certification and recertification as a legal specialist within that commission's area of specialty;
  • drafts and grades specialist examinations with oversight from professional examination consultants;
  • evaluates and accredits programs and providers of continuing legal education; and
  • otherwise assists the California Board of Legal Specialization in administering the program;

Membership:  Each advisory commission consists of eight lawyer members, at least seven of whom must be certified specialists in that commission's area of law, and one non-lawyer public member. Each commission meets six times a year and some commission work takes place outside of the meetings. Members serve four-year terms.

The expected vacancies, chairs and staff contacts for the 11 advisory commissions are listed below.

Admiralty and Maritime Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Arthur A. Severance, Anchorange
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Appellate Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Tyna C. Orren, Pasadena
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Wayne A. Silver, San Jose
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Criminal Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Daniel L. Barton, Palo Alto
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Daniel G. Brown, San Mateo
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Family Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Brian G. Seastrom, Newport Beach
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-3 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Bruce J. Napell, San Rafael
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Kathrin S. Mautino, San Diego
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Natalie P. Vance, Sacramento
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110

Taxation Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 2-3 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Norman H. Green, Glendale
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
Workers' Compensation Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2017-18 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2016-17 Chair: Charles R. Rondeau, El Segundo
Staff contact: Christal Bundang, 415-538-2110
 

Application Deadline:  January 27, 2017

2017-18 terms begin: Conclusion of 2017 State Bar Annual Meeting (August 27, 2017)