Easiest Way to Make the Bar’s Board

Richard Frankel is getting on the State Bar Board of Governors the easy way — without opposition.

On April 3, the deadline to file for a seat on the board passed with only Frankel, a partner in San Ramon’s Frankel & Goldware, signed up as a candidate for the board’s District Three. So he’s deemed elected.

Come Oct. 7 in Monterey, during the State Bar’s annual meeting, Frankel will be sworn in as the official representative of Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. It has been years since that seat went uncontested.

The district has a gentleman’s agreement that the representative will come from the East Bay counties for one three-year term and the peninsula counties the next. But that hasn’t always worked out, causing a few turf wars.

Frankel is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy University School of Law in Pleasant Hill. He got his license to practice law in 1982 and is now a business and employment lawyer.

Among the important issues he believes face the State Bar are disclosure for uninsured lawyers, higher standards for ethics exams and access to justice for unrepresented litigants.

“My goal,” he said in his online campaign statement, “is to bring enthusiasm, objectivity, creativity and consensus building to the process of guiding our mandatory Bar of over 200,000 active and inactive attorneys.”

Frankel replaces Oakland Deputy City Attorney Demetrius Shelton, who is in a three-way race for State Bar president.

Mike McKee

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