August 2010 • Vol. 30 No. 7 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Gretchen Nelson, Luis Rodriguez Among Winners in Bar Governor Races

Former LACBA President Gretchen Nelson and LACBA member Luis Rodriguez are among five attorneys certified in July for the State Bar Board of Governors. Both were elected to represent District 7, which encompasses Los Angeles County. Elected to serve three-year terms, they will be sworn in at the State Bar’s annual meeting on September 25.

In addition to serving as LACBA president, Nelson, a partner in Kreindler & Kreindler's Los Angeles office, also has chaired LACBA’s Litigation Section and is the current chair of the Judicial Election Evaluation Committee. A trial lawyer for more than 25 years with experience at small- and medium-sized law firms as well as solo practice, Nelson serves on the board of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles.

She is a longtime advocate of the judiciary, both at the state and federal levels. “Clearly the State Bar needs to ensure there is adequate funding for our courts,” Nelson says, “to keep our courts open and to attract and retain skilled, committed judges. The State Bar is uniquely positioned to address court funding and to protect the judiciary from special interests while insuring access to justice. The Board must do its best to listen and focus its attention toward these and other issues of importance to our members.”

Nelson is a graduate of Smith College and Georgetown University Law Center.

Luis Rodriguez, a Los Angeles County deputy public defender, is a former member of the State Board of Education, a former president of the Mexican American Bar Association, and former chair of the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness. Rodriguez completed both his undergraduate work and law school at the University of Santa Clara.

Both attorneys will represent Los Angeles County on the Board of Governors, the governing and policymaking body of the 228,000-member State Bar of California.

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