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San Francisco Chief Justice Ronald George has announced the appointment of an appellate court justice, two trial court judges, a court administrator and an attorney to the Judicial Council. The appointees are: Second District Court of Appeal Justice Candace Cooper; El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Suzanne Kingsbury; Riverside County Superior Court Judge Douglas Miller; Tamara Beard, executive officer of the Superior Court of Fresno County; and James Herman, former State Bar president and partner with the Santa Barbara firm of Reicker, Pfau, Pyle, McRoy & Herman. All new members were appointed for three-year terms that will begin Sept. 15. Pillsbury Winthroppartner Frederick Lowellhas been appointed general counsel of the 2004 California Republican National Committee delegation and will represent the Bush-Cheney campaign in the state. Lowell has long been active in Republican politics and has acted as counsel to multiple Republican officeholders. He joined Pillsbury in 1975 and is now chair of the political law group. Lowell is a 1975 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkinhas added two partners to its employment litigation and counseling group from O’Melveny & Myers. Dipanwita Deb Amarand Frank Birchfieldwill be joining David Reis, who recently arrived from O’Melveny to chair the employment litigation and counseling group. Amar has substantial experience in actions alleging disability discrimination or violation of federal and state leave statutes. She is a 1996 Hastings College of the Law graduate. Birchfield focuses on labor relations and employment counseling and litigation specific to the health care, entertainment and high-tech industries. He received his J.D. in 1993 from the University of Arkansas. Stoel Riveshas added a partner and two associates. M. Manuel “Manny” Fishmanjoins the firm as a partner from Bartko Zankel Tarrant & Miller. He has a real estate transactional practice. Fishman received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1982. Joining Fishman from Bartko Zankel is associate Karen Flentge, who also practices real estate transactional law. She is a 1999 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law. Vanessa Imbergjoins the litigation practice group, focusing on product liability, environmental litigation, toxic tort and general litigation matters. Imberg, previously an associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, received her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1999. South Bay Hopkins & Carleyattorney Julie Frambachhas been elected to the San Jose Sports Authority Board of Directors, a sports marketing agency for the city of San Jose. Frambach’s practice concentrates on commercial leasing transactions, financing transactions, real estate purchase and sale transactions and other real estate matters. She received her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1989. Southern California Amar Thakurhas joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hamptonas a special counsel in the firm’s intellectual property practice group in Del Mar Heights. Most recently with Latham & Watkins, Thakur is a registered patent attorney with extensive experience in corporate and IP transactional and patent litigation matters. Richard Vanis Jr. has joined Archer Norrisas of counsel in its Corona and Los Angeles offices. Formerly a litigation partner with Sabaitis-O’Callaghan, Vanis works with insurers and private companies defending complex cases in construction litigation, product liability, personal injury and business litigation. He received his J.D. from Whittier College School of Law in 1996. The above information is current as of the date it was posted. For updates, see the State Bar’s Web site at http://members.calbar.ca.gov/search/member.aspx.

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