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

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: Fabienne Lopez 415-538-2344
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: Louisa Ayrapetyan 415-538-2133
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: Louisa Ayrapetyan 415-538-2133
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: Fabienne Lopez 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: Fabienne Lopez 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: Fabienne Lopez 415-538-2344
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)
Approximate number of meetings per year: 6
2014-15 Chair: Denise L. Sanchez, San Diego
Staff contact: Louisa Ayrapetyan 415-538-2133
 

Appilcation Deadline:  Feb. 2, 2015

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