Grass Valley city attorney elected as California State Bar president |

Grass Valley city attorney elected as California State Bar president

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The State Bar of California Board of Trustees on Monday elected a new set of officers to lead the agency.

Among those elected, Grass Valley City Attorney Michael Colantuono will serve as State Bar president, according to a news release.

"I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and all our hard-working Bar staff members to protect Californians, promote access to justice and pursue a diverse profession to serve our diverse state," Colantuono said in the release.

Colantuono, a partner with Colantuono Highsmith Whatley, PC, also currently serves as city attorney for the city of Auburn.

According to the firm's website, he also serves as a agency or general counsel for the Auburn Urban Development Agency Successor Agency, the Grass Valley Redevelopment Agency Successor Agency, the Yuba and Calaveras County LAFCOs, the First Five Yuba Commission, the Oak Tree Park and Recreation District, the Garden Valley, Higgins, Rough and Ready, Penn Valley, and Ophir Hill Fire Districts and the Tahoe Forest Hospital District.

Other new State Bar officers elected are Jason P. Lee as vice president and Todd F. Stevens as treasurer.

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"I welcome this new board leadership team, and am confident they will continue the momentum of reform and ensure a focus on the agency's core public protection mission," outgoing State Bar President James P. Fox said in the release. "We have accomplished much, but there is still more work to do."

At its meeting the board also adopted a new mission statement to guide the work of the agency. The new board officers will be responsible for ensuring that the agency's work adheres to this mission, the release states. Additionally, the Board of Trustees is expected to adopt reforms recommended by the 2017 Governance in the Public Interest Task Force.

The new mission statement: "The State Bar of California's mission is to protect the public and includes the primary functions of licensing, regulation and discipline of attorneys; the advancement of the ethical and competent practice of law; and support of efforts for greater access to, and inclusion in, the legal system."

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