September 2, 2010

State Bar to honor Beth Jay, Principal Attorney to the Chief Justice

A California Bar Journal article notes that the State Bar will be honoring Beth Jay, principal attorney to retiring Chief Justice Ronald M. George. On September 25, the Bar will present Jay with the Witkin Medal, conferred on those who, “‘through a career of extraordinary service, have made significant contributions to the quality of justice and legal scholarship in our state.’” (Prior recipients include such notables as former Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso, current Court of Appeal Justice Norman Epstein, and Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski.) As the Chief Justice’s principal attorney since 1996, Jay has filled numerous roles. Horvitz & Levy partner David Axelrad (who served as a staff attorney with Jay at the Ninth Circuit) observes that Jay is an excellent lawyer and the state is lucky that she devoted herself to public service at the court.

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