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Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
Michael T. Elliott
Los Angeles County Bar Association
213-896-6450

telliott@lacba.org



New Executive Director Selected

Los Angeles, November 18, 2004: The Los Angeles County Bar Association announces the selection of Stuart A. Forsyth as its new executive director. 

Forsyth, a graduate of Occidental College, Los Angeles, and Georgetown University Law Center, Washington D.C., started his career in 1968 as an attorney working at Johnson & Stanton and later at Morrison & Foerster.  He then served the State Bar of California from 1973 through 1997, holding various executive positions including Assistant Executive Director, State Bar Court; Assistant Executive Director, Finance & Operations; Senior Executive, State Bar Court & Client Assistance; and Senior Executive, Member & Client Services.  He then served as  Executive Director (CEO) of the State Bar of Arizona and the Arizona Bar Foundation for Legal Services and Education from 1997 until 2000, when he founded The Legal Futurist, providing visioning and strategic planning services for the legal profession.

In addition, to running an independent consulting firm, Forsyth has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Phoenix—San Diego Campus and is a nationally known speaker on the future of the U.S. legal profession.

Forsyth will assume the position of executive director upon the departure of current executive director Rich Walch, who announced he will leave the Association in early January, 2005. After serving the Association more than 27 years, Walch will join Walch Consulting which provides leadership coaching, strategic planning, and guidance on best practices to non-profit organizations.



Los Angeles County Bar Association is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 30,000 members.  LACBA is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice and meeting the professional needs of the legal community.  For more information on LACBA, visit www.lacba.org.



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