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DAVIS REAPPOINTS TWO TO BAR BOARD Gov. Gray Davis on Thursday announced the reappointment of two non-lawyer members to the State Bar Board of Governors. Reappointed were Janet Green, 68, of Riverside, and Dr. John Snetsinger, 61, of San Luis Obispo. The two, who originally joined the board in March 2001, represent half of the four public, nonlawyer members the governor is allowed by law to appoint. The Assembly speaker and the Senate president pro tem appoint one each for a total of six nonlawyer representatives on the board. Green is the director of health services and a professor of business administration, marketing and management at San Bernardino Valley College. She is a registered nurse and got a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Redlands and a master of arts and administration of vocational education degree from California State University, Long Beach. Snetsinger has been a history professor for more than 30 years and has been chairman of several university, college and department committees. The recipient of Cal Poly’s 1992 Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, he got a bachelor of arts degree from UCLA, a master of arts degree from UC-Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. In 2002, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and studied in Germany. — Mike McKee JUSTICES UPHOLD STATE RATES FOR TUITION A state appeal court ruled Thursday that it’s not unconstitutional to charge out-of-state students higher tuition to attend college in California. The First District Court of Appeal’s unanimous vote rejects Joshua Markowitz’s argument that the higher tuition he paid to attend Hastings College of the Law violated his federal right to travel. It also denied his claim that the state had no reasonable interest in making him prove financial independence from his New York family to meet California’s three-year residency requirements. “The state,” Justice Maria Rivera wrote in an unpublished opinion for the court, “has a substantial interest in limiting its tuition subsidies to residents who contribute to its tax base and can be expected to continue to contribute to the state’s economy in the future.” Justices Timothy Reardon and Patricia Sepulveda concurred in Markowitz v. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, A096182. The justices ruled that Kirk v. Regents of University of California, 273 Cal.App. 2d 430, a 1969 First District ruling, had established the constitutionality of California’s durational residency requirements for public universities. Markowitz, who moved to California in 1998 and passed the California Bar exam last year, had paid $4,560 for non-resident tuition, on top of his regular fees and tuition of more than $10,000. — Mike McKee EX-AAA MEDIATOR MOVES OVER TO JAMS Gerald Spolter, the veteran mediator who resigned from the American Arbitration Association to protest controversial comments by the organization’s president, has joined rival dispute resolution provider JAMS. “This is like getting a call from the major leagues for spring training,” said Spolter in a statement Thursday. A longtime mediator in the Bay Area, Spolter has been named the “Distinguished Mediator of the Year” by the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the “Mediator of the Year” by the AAA. He specializes in complex commercial disputes and catastrophic personal injury cases. Earlier this month, Spolter ended a 17-year career mediating exclusively with the AAA, citing a pair of opinion pieces by AAA President William Slate that appeared in major California newspapers. Spolter said the comments demonstrated a bias against plaintiffs lawyers and affected his reputation as a neutral. Four other AAA neutrals also resigned around the same time. “One of the most important factors in my decision to join JAMS is their commitment to the basic principle of neutrality and the premium JAMS puts on protecting neutrality,” Spolter said in Thursday’s statement. Spolter is slated to hear his first case through JAMS next week. He said that his rates will not change as a result of the move. — Alexei Oreskovic TWO LATE ADDITIONS TO MOFO PARTNER LIST Morrison & Foerster elected two patent litigators to the firm’s partnership ranks, effective Sept. 1. They are late mid-year additions to the 2002 class of partners. MoFo will announce its 2003 partnership class next month. The two new partners are Martin Noonen, of MoFo’s Los Angeles office, and Michael Vella, of the San Diego office. Noonan is a 1993 graduate of the University of Denver College of Law and Vella is a 1990 graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law. “The promotion of Martin and Michael to partner at this point in the year reflects not only their remarkable talent but the incredible demand for our intellectual property litigation practice in Southern California,” MoFo Chairman Keith Wetmore said in a statement. – Brenda Sandburg

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