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Four lawyers, including a partner in Littler Mendelson’s San Jose office, were elected to the State Bar Board of Governors on Thursday. Patricia White, 67, a labor lawyer for Littler, got 2,208 votes in winning the race for the board’s District 3, which encompasses Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Her opponent, Stephen Sonaty, a lawyer and mediator in Walnut Creek, got 655 votes. White, a former president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, expressed excitement at winning Thursday and said she hopes to work with other governors toward diversifying the state’s lawyer population. She said she also is interested in getting local bar associations to adopt a civility initiative proposed by State Bar President Sheldon Sloan. William Hebert, 46, of counsel in the San Francisco office of K&L Gates, was unopposed for the District 4 seat, which encompasses San Francisco and Marin counties. He was deemed elected a couple of months ago. In the District 2 race, Paul Kramer Jr., 50, a hearing adviser with the California Energy Commission in Sacramento, edged Theresa La Voie, the 2007 president of Women Lawyers of Sacramento, by 10 votes. Kramer got 878 votes while LaVoie � a partner in Sacramento’s Ellis, Coleman, Poirier, La Voie & Steinheimer � received 868 votes. District 2 covers Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma, Tuolumne and Yolo counties. The two seats in District 7, made up solely of Los Angeles County, were taken by Michael Marcus, 65, a mediator and arbitrator with ADR Services Inc. in Los Angeles, and Rex Heinke, 57, a partner in the L.A. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Marcus received 4,167 votes in beating Jeffrey Lustman, a Los Angeles solo practitioner who got 856 votes, and James Park, of counsel in the L.A. office of Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley, who got 638 votes. In the other race, Heinke, with 3,937 votes, downed Beverly Hills solo Darold Shirwo, who got 1,039 votes, and Thomas Dover, a lawyer with Playhut Inc. in City of Industry who received 523 votes. All the new members will be sworn in on Sept. 29 in Anaheim during the State Bar’s annual meeting.

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