gavel.jpgSan Francisco attorney Jon Streeter was elected the new president of the State Bar of California Friday.

Streeter, 54, is a partner in the law firm of Keker and Van Nest and specializes in business litigation.

He was elected by the bar’s Board of Governors at a meeting at the organization’s headquarters in San Francisco and will begin his one-year term at the bar’s annual meeting in Long Beach in September.

The bar is the regulatory agency for California’s 233,000 lawyers, in charge of licensing attorneys and investigating and disciplining those accused of misconduct. All practicing attorneys in California are required to be members.

Streeter said his priorities for the coming year will be to focus on stabilizing and rebuilding the discipline system, improving governance by the board, and enhancing communications.

The bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel, which investigates misconduct, recently lost its top prosecutor and four other veteran prosecutors.

“I will work hard to reestablish a sense of unity and restore the effectiveness and integrity of the discipline system,” Streeter said.

The new president said he views himself as a leader who listens carefully to others.

“I think I try to find consensus but only after giving everyone in the room a fair hearing,” he said.

Julia Cheever, Bay City News

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