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California Supreme Court Names President Hernan Vera as State Bar Trustee


The California Supreme Court has named Public Counsel President and CEO Hernán Vera to the California State Bar Board of Trustees. The 19-member Board of Trustees works to protect the public and expand access to justice for Californians.

Vera is one of five members named by the California State Supreme Court, and he will be a strong voice on the Board for justice in our communities.

“I have had the pleasure of working closely with Hernan and have the highest respect for him," said Patrick M. Kelly, president of The State Bar of California. "As CEO of Public Counsel, he has energized thousands of attorneys to fight for consumers, families, students, veterans, small businesses and nonprofits. He has also worked tirelessly to keep the courthouse doors open as a member of the Open Courts Coalition.”

“The Board of Trustees is committed to improving the profession through a leadership model that is inclusive and diverse," said Luis J. Rodriguez, incoming president of The State Bar of California. "Hernán is another example of how the Board continues to grow in its leadership. His years of dedication to access to justice and his outstanding reputation are a major addition to our leadership.”

The California State Bar has taken major steps to increase access to justice and support legal help for Californians in need through the Campaign for Justice and other efforts. In June, the State Bar Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform proposed a 50-hour pro bono requirement for newly admitted lawyers. The State Bar has also taken steps to combat immigration fraud by notarios.