SACRAMENTO — An annual meeting that was supposed to showcase new State Bar leadership and unity after a difficult year ended on a sour note Sunday when a trustee threatened to quit over what he called the organization's "trade association mentality and culture."
Dennis Mangers, the state Senate's appointee to the bar's board of trustees, said that he may resign next month to protest new president David Pasternak's first round of appointments. At the board's meeting on the last day of the bar gathering Sunday, Mangers accused Pasternak of only naming trustees who voted for his presidency to committee chairs and stacking the executive committee with members from the Los Angeles area. Mangers repeated his concerns Monday.
"It's kind of like that old-boy politics where the victor claims all the spoils," said Mangers, who did not receive a committee chair. "This behavior, quite frankly, is very typical of trade association leadership. … I'm beginning to think what [the board] needs is a new preponderance of nonelected members."
Pasternak said Mangers was wrong, that he appointed trustee Gwen Moore, who he said did not cast a vote for bar president in the July election, to a committee chair. Two other committees went to predesignated trustees—the executive committee is traditionally chaired by the president, Pasternak said. The remaining four panels were simply assigned to "the people who I thought would be the best chairs for the committees," he said.
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