ACBA Members Appointed to the Bench

Two ACBA Members Were Appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court

Richard L. Seabolt
Richard L. Seabolt

Richard L. Seabolt

Richard L. Seabolt, 68, of Piedmont, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Seabolt has been a partner at Duane Morris LLP since 2006. He was a partner at Hancock, Rothert and Bunshoft from 1982 to 2005, where he was an associate from 1975 to 1981. Seabolt earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alice Vilardi. Seabolt is a Democrat.

Jenna M. Whitman
Jenna M. Whitman

Jenna M. Whitman

Jenna M. Whitman, 45, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Whitman has served as a court appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal since 2017. She served as a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2007 to 2017. Whitman was an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein LLP from 2005 to 2007 and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin from 2001 to 2004. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr. Whitman is a Democrat.

Join the ACBA Board!

The ACBA seeks your help in identifying potential board members to replace those whose terms expire on December 31, 2018

ACBA Board Members act as the community’s trustees to make sure that we as an organization work towards our mission, all while promoting the ACBA in the community by encouraging membership and supporting staff. This is a wonderful opportunity to lead a dynamic organization and help shape the Alameda County legal community. We will have a few open seats, including an officer position, Vice-President.

If you are active in the ACBA Board and are interested in applying check out more information here. We are particularly interested in board members that meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Experience in criminal defense/CAAP
  2. Large firm membership
  3. Technology firm in house counsel
  4. Active members of identity or specialty bars
  5. Attorneys in government agencies or representing government agencies
  6. Attorneys with offices outside Oakland

Please complete the general application, or the Vice-President application, which include a description of board member responsibilities, and return it no later than 5pm Friday, June 8, 2018 to:
Tiela Chalmers, Alameda County Bar Association
1000 Broadway, Suite 290, Oakland, CA 94607
Fax: (510) 452-2224 |

Phishing Alert: Suspicious Emails Targeting California Licensed Attorneys

Phishing Alert: Suspicious Emails Targeting California Licensed Attorneys

The State Bar of California has learned of a phishing scam targeting attorneys licensed in California and is warning attorneys to beware of suspicious emails.
The recent phishing attempt claims to be from the California Bar Association, which is a fictitious organization. The emails claim that attorneys need to pay a license renewal fee or face suspension and contains links to suspicious websites. This is not an official email from the State Bar and attorneys are advised not to click on the links.

The State Bar encourages attorneys to only respond to official emails from State Bar email addresses (emails ending in and that link to State Bar websites (
When in doubt, attorneys can go to the State Bar of California website directly, Attorneys can also email or call 888-800-3400.
The State Bar of California

Apply to Serve on the JNE Commission!

The commission investigates all statements made in the candidate’s Application for Appointment that the candidate submits to the Governor’s office. It is made up of attorneys and public members who represent a broad cross-section of California’s diverse legal profession and general population.

Active members of the State Bar, former members of the judiciary and members of the public who are interested in volunteering to serve on the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) may apply for an appointment. The application deadline is this Friday May 4, 2018. 

Members of the JNE Commission

  • are volunteer attorneys and public members (non-lawyers).
  • investigate the governor’s candidates for judicial appointment while maintaining a code of strict confidentiality. (The JNE Commission cannot nominate or appoint judges.)
  • serve terms of approximately one year (beginning February 1) and may serve up to three consecutive terms.


  • Applications are sought from attorneys and members of the public who have the skills and experience to assess candidates for judicial appointment and to provide timely and well-written reports.
  • Attorney commissioners must be active members in good standing with the State Bar of California, with a preference for those in practice 10 years or more.
  • Consideration will be given to attorney applicants who have substantial litigation, trial and/or appellate experience.
  • Commission membership may include one or more former members of the judiciary; those with appellate backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Workload and time commitment

  • Required to attend a two-day orientation meeting (date to be scheduled on Thursday-Saturday between mid-January and March 1, 2018) in San Francisco and be able to commit at least 35-40 hours each month or approximately 55 working days per year.
  • Time commitment includes 20-24 meeting days and 20-35 days to complete assignments.
  • Meetings are two to three days every second month (generally Friday, Saturday and occasionally Sunday) and alternate between San Francisco and Los Angeles.
  • Evaluations of candidates typically are assigned by area and caseload.
  • Commission members usually work in teams of two to four. Typically, each team will have three to four assignments.Each assignment typically requires an average of 10 hours preparation plus travel time to conduct one to two-hour candidate interviews. 
  • Commissioners are expected to prepare and mail hundreds of evaluation forms for each candidate.
  • Commissioners frequently must travel outside their county and geographic area to conduct interviews.
  • When possible, interviews are conducted at one of the State Bar’s offices. Commissioners are reimbursed for approved travel in accordance with State Bar policy and the commission’s authorized budget.

Application for appointment to this committee

Notice of Probate Referee Examination

California State Controller
Notice of Probate Referee Examination

Read the notice from Betty Yee’s Office here.

Notice is hereby given that the State Controller’s Office will conduct a qualifying examination for possible appointment as Probate Referee on April 28, 2018 The California State Controller is authorized by law to appoint at least one probate referee for each county. Currently, there are 109 appointed probate referees in California. Applicants must meet the minimum professional requirements discussed below, successfully pass an examination and be interviewed by a panel of judges and attorneys. The Controller will make his appointments after considering the recommendations from the interview panel.

Applicants for appointment must possess threshold academic and/or relevant professional experience in order to take the examination and be considered for appointment. Applicants must meet at least one of the following criteria:
* Bachelor’s degree plus at least thirty (30) class hours in appraisal/valuation classes; or
* 2,000 hours of experience within the last four years appraising real and/or personal property; or
* Certified as an appraiser by the California Office of Real Estate Appraisers, the Appraisal
Institute or the American Society of Appraisers; or
* Attorney with a minimum of three (3) years as a member of the California State Bar; or
* Certified Public Accountant with a minimum of three (3) years as a licensed CPA in California

Interested persons who meet the above requirements should e-mail CPS HR Consulting at or call (916) 263-3624, select option #4, and request an application for Probate Referee. The application and testing information are also available at or Please return completed application, with exam fee, by mail to: CPS HR Consulting, Attn: Probate Referee Program, 2450 Del Paso Road, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95834. Applications must be received by April 13, 2018. The examination will be available to take online on Saturday, April 28, 2018, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST, at a web link to be provided.

Please note that five (5) letters of recommendation from the references you list on your application will be required to be considered for an appointment. All letters are to be received by the State Controller’s Office no later than May 4, 2018. Send letters to:
State Controller’s Office, Probate Referee Program, Attn: Amber Camarena,
300 Capitol Mall, Suite 1850, Sacramento, CA 95814.

Read the notice from Betty Yee’s Office here.