Public Appointments for Lawyers
Attorneys possess special skill sets that facilitate service in publicly appointed positions because they regularly work closely with people of varying perspectives to reach a solution. A legal background gives one familiarity with regulatory systems and application of the law. Such skills and experience make attorneys a strong addition to a group focused on implementing policy or advocating for the creation of regulations and law.
Appointment to a public position such as a board or commissions is a great way to expand an attorney’s professional network. The opportunity often allows one to become an influential representative and serve in a prestigious position. Many positions lead to connecting with leaders in other professions. Taking this type of step can get an attorney’s foot in the door in preparation for entering the public or political arena. Appointed individuals learn about policy-making while serving the community and making a difference.
Opening on City of San Diego Commission for Gang Prevention and Intervention
The City currently has an opening for a Commissioner on the Commission for Gang Prevention and Intervention. This position is by Mayoral Appointment with confirmation by the City Council. For more information, contact the Mayor's Appointments Secretary, Denise Garcia at 619-236-6330.
Selective Service System - Local Board Members
The Selective Service System is looking for men and women in the community who would be willing to serve as local board members. Even though there is no draft today, there is a need to be ready in case a national emergency requires Selective Service to provide additional personnel to augment our volunteer U.S. Armed Forces.
Local board members are citizen volunteers appointed by the Director of the Selective Service System, on behalf of the U.S. President, on recommendations made by their respective state governors or an equivalent public official. If a military draft becomes necessary, approximately 2,000 local boards throughout the country would decide who among the young men in their community will receive deferments, postponements, or exemptions from military service, based on federal guidelines.
If you are interested or have further questions, please contact Major Richard Gurr of the Selective Service System, San Diego, California 3-4 Detachment, at (760) 815-1221, or visit the agency at www.sss.gov.
City of San Diego
Opportunities for appointment to a City of San Diego board or commission can be found at the City Clerk’s website, www.sandiego.gov/city-clerk/boards-commissions/. You can view a list of boards and commissions with descriptions of their responsibilities by clicking here. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to one of the City of San Diego's boards and/or commissions, click here.
County of San Diego
Opportunities for appointment to a County of San Diego board or commission can be found at the County of San Diego website, http://www.co.san-diego.ca.us/cob/bcac/index.html. The Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Office prepares a monthly report of vacancies and term expirations for the County's Boards, Commissions and Committees; click here to view the current report. You can view a list of boards and commissions with descriptions of their responsibilities by clicking here. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to one of the County of San Diego’s boards and/or commissions, click here.
State of California
Opportunities for appointment to a statewide board of commission can be found at the California Governor’s website, www.gov.ca.gov/appointments. You can view a list of boards and commissions by clicking here. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a statewide board and/or commission, click here.
State Bar of California
Opportunities for appointment to a State Bar of California committee or commission can be found at the State Bar’s website, http://cc.calbar.ca.gov/CommitteesCommissions.aspx. The deadline for applications is in February, however applications received after the deadline are kept on file for consideration for the following year’s appointments and/or for interim appointments to fill partial terms. Interim appointments are generally available from October to March of each year. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to a State Bar committee or commission, click here.
Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation
If you are interested in applying to serve on the 2013 JNE, nominations for the 2013 JNE are now open. The deadline to apply has been extended to June 1, 2012. Information about qualifications and responsibilities of JNE members can be found at the State Bar of California website, www.calbar.ca.gov/AboutUs/JudicialNomineesEvaluation/Appointments.aspx. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to the JNE, click here.
Judicial Council of California
Opportunities for appointment to the Judicial Council of California and/or its advisory committees can be found at http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/jc/. If you would like to be considered for an appointment to the Judicial Council of California, click here.
Cities in the Greater San Diego Area
Additional opportunities to serve on boards and commissions in other cities in the Greater San Diego area can be found by going to that city’s official webpage and searching “boards and commissions."