Attorney Mark A. Broughton has been appointed by the California Supreme Court to serve on the Board of Trustees for the California State Bar. Mr. Broughton began serving a three year term on October 1, 2016. He was sworn in at the State Bar of California’s Annual Conference by the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
California has the largest state bar in the country and the Board of Trustees is responsible for managing most of the activities of the State Bar, including regulating the professional conduct of lawyers. Some of the issues facing the board in the upcoming year are a revision to the Professional Rules of Conduct and reconstruction of the State Bar, including the possibility of de-unifying the State Bar.
The State Bar Board of Trustees is made up of 19 members, both elected and appointed. There are five attorney members appointed by the Supreme Court and six attorney members elected from the State Bar Districts. There are two attorney members appointed by the Legislature and six appointed “public” or non-lawyer members.
Mr. Broughton is a partner at Hammerschmidt Broughton Law Corporation, with offices in Fresno and Hanford. Mr. Broughton practices criminal law in state and federal courts. He has been certified by the California State Bar as a Criminal Law Specialist since 2012. In addition, Mr. Broughton is an active member of the Fresno County Bar Association and currently serves as chair of the Criminal Law Section. Mr. Broughton is the most recent attorney to serve on the California State Bar, Board of Trustees from Fresno since attorney Anthony Capozzi, who served as the 79th State Bar President in 2003-2004.