Governor Brown Announces Appointments


5-13-2015

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Pamela Winston Bertani, 51, of Fairfield, has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws, where she has served since 2007. Bertani has been principal at the Winston Bertani Law Group and a member of the Fairfield City Council since 2011. She was an attorney at the Costello Law Corporation from 2006 to 2010 and an associate attorney at Weintraub, Genshlea and Chediak Law Corporation from 2000 to 2006 and at Dillingham and Murphy from 1997 to 2000. Bertani was a technical analyst at Crosby, Heafey, Roach and May from 1995 to 1997, an intellectual property prosecution and licensing legal intern at Bayer in 1994 and an associate research immunologist at Miles Laboratories from 1988 to 1992. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Bertani is a Democrat.

Martin Carr, 43, of Sacramento, has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws, where he has served since 2011. Carr has been principal at the Law Offices of Martin Carr since 2013 and an adjunct professor of law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law since 2006. He was a partner at Belzer and Carr LLP from 2008 to 2013, where he was a principal from 2004 to 2008. Carr was an adjunct professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law from 2011 to 2012, principal at the Law Office of Martin Carr from 2002 to 2004 and an associate attorney at Livingston and Mattesich Law Corporation from 2001 to 2002. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Carr is a Democrat.

David Clark, 65, of Lafayette, has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws, where he has served since 2008. Clark has been a partner at Boerio, Clark and Associates since 2011, where he was a consultant from 1998 to 2011. He was a consultant at Coopers and Lybrand from 1996 to 1998, senior advisor at Barents Group in 1997 and senior staff attorney at Mitretek Systems in 1996. Clark was an instructor at the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1995, an independent tax consultant from 1987 to 1994 and senior tax manager at Arthur Andersen and Company from 1977 to 1986. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Clark is a Democrat.

Elena Duarte, 49, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws. Duarte has served as an associate justice at the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District since 2010. She served as a judge at the Sacramento County Superior Court from 2008 to 2010 and at the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 2007 to 2008. Duarte earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Duarte is a Democrat.

Dan Robbins, 48, of Calabasas, has been appointed to the California Commission on Uniform State Laws, where he has served since 2007. Robbins has been senior vice president and associate general counsel at the Motion Picture Association of America since 2008, where he has held several positions since 1996, including vice president, technology counsel and domestic counsel. He was an attorney at Graham and James LLP from 1992 to 1996 and at Pepper, Hamilton LLP in 1992. Robbins earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Robbins is a Democrat.

Michael McFarland, 17, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has been appointed to the California State Board of Education effective August 1, 2015. McFarland is a student at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. He was office secretary and policy editor at MMX Healthcare from 2013 to 2014. McFarland is a student board member of the California State Parent Teacher Association and a member of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District Board of Education. He is commissioner of community service and fundraising at the Associated Student Body for Palos Verdes Peninsula High School and captain of the school’s Technology Student Association Tests of Engineering Aptitude Mathematics and Science Team, founder and president of its Reach Out and Read Club and president of its Science Bowl Team. McFarland is a production crew member at the River Church of the South Bay. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. McFarland is not registered to vote.

Laura Hayth, 61, of Oakhurst, has been appointed to the California Board of Occupational Therapy. Hayth has been an area vice president at Aegis Therapies since 2012 and a freelance writer since 2001. She was compliance resource and lead investigator at Ensign Group from 2011 to 2012, where she was a director of rehabilitation from 2007 to 2011. Hayth and was a rehabilitation program manager at People First Rehabilitation from 2001 to 2007 and a case manager at the Bluegrass Regional Mental Health and Retardation Board from 2000 to 2001. She is a member of the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the American Occupational Therapy Association. Hayth earned a Doctor of Spiritual Studies degree from the Emerson Theological Institute. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Hayth is a Democrat.

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