State Bar considers changing how its board chosen
The president of the group that regulates California lawyers is proposing that the state Supreme Court be given the power to choose the group's governing board.
Currently members of the State Bar of California choose their own board.
But President William Hebert says he wants to address criticism that the board has been overly protective of lawyers.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Hebert made his proposal this week to a task force that must submit a report by May to the Legislature, which must approve changes to the selection process.
Under the proposal, the board would consist of 11 lawyers appointed by the high court and six representatives chosen by the governor and lawmakers.
Governing boards for other professionals, such as doctors, already are appointed that way.