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 Deadline extended to April 30

    One lawyer position open

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 certifed 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 2015-16 vacancies: 5 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Cory B. Birnberg, San Francisco

Staff contact: Christina Doell 415-538-2115
Appellate Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 3 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Cynthia Larsen, Sacramento

Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 2 (lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Louis J. Esbin, Stevenson Ranch

Staff contact: Christina Doell 415-538-2115
Criminal Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 3 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Kurt Hermansen, San Diego

Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 3 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: James H. Efting, Sunnyvale

Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Family Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 3 (lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Becky A. Rasmason, Windsor

Staff contact: Christina Doell 415-538-2115
Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 3 (lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Dawn Newton, Oakland

Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344
Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 2 (lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Donald K. Sheppard, San Diego

Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344
Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 4 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Peter M. Kunstler, Los Angeles

Staff contact: Christina Doell 415-538-2115

Taxation Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 4 (lawyer positions)

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Thomas F. Ogden, Alhambra

Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Workers' Compensation Law Advisory Commission

Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 4 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions) - Deadline extended to April 30

Approximate number of meetings per year: 6

2014-15 Chair: Denise L. Sanchez, San Diego

Staff contact: Christina Doell 415-538-2115
 

Application Deadline:  Feb. 2, 2015

2015-16 terms begin: Conclusion of 2015 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 11, 2015)