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 has one public member interim appointment position available, deadline is June 3, 2016.
  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 2016-17 vacancies: 1-3 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: William E. Dysart, San Diego
Staff contact: Awndrea Lee 415-538-2377
Appellate Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 3-5 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Aurelio Torre, Santa Ana
Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Bankruptcy Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 2-4 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Judith A. Descalso, Escondido
Staff contact: Awndrea Lee 415-538-2377
Criminal Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 2-4 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Jeffrey T. Hammerschmidt, Fresno
Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 3-5 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Mark A. Lester, Oxnard
Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Family Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 3-5 (lawyers and non lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: David S. Schulman, San Diego
Staff contact: Awndrea Lee 415-538-2377
Franchise and Distribution Law Advisory
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Brian H. Cole, Manhattan Beach
Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344
Immigration and Nationality Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 2-3 (lawyer and non-lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Daniel J. Roemer, Walnut Creek
Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344
Legal Malpractice Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 1-2 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Kathleen M. Ewins, San Francisco
Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344

Taxation Law Advisory Commission deadline June 3, 2016
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 1-3 (non-lawyer position)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Barbara R. Simon, San Francisco
Staff contact: Scott Kiddy 415-538-2125
Workers' Compensation Law Advisory Commission
Expected 2016-17 vacancies: 1-3 (lawyer positions)
Meetings per year: 6
2015-16 Chair: Robert E. Willyard, Anaheim
Staff contact: Yvonne Kong 415-538-2344
 

Application Deadline:  Jan. 29, 2016

2016-17 terms begin: Conclusion of 2016 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 2, 2016)