Kern County prosecutor to lead State Bar board

After serving on the board for eight years, Brandon Stallings was selected ahead of other candidates to take leadership of the State Bar Board of Trustees.

A Kern County prosecutor has been selected to a major leadership role in the State Bar of California. 

Kern County Deputy District Attorney Brandon Stallings was appointed to be the chairman of the State Bar Board of Trustees. 


Driving the news: The California Supreme Court appointed Stallings to the position, making it the first time that an attorney from Bakersfield will lead the organization. 

  • Stallings has served on the board since 2015, including time serving as the vice chairman. 
  • The board, which meets six times per year, sets the strategic direction for the State Bar, which includes governing the conduct of lawyers throughout the state and funding various programs. 
  • Stallings has also served as the director of the Kern County Bar Association, as well as the vice chair of Civility Commission for the State Bar. 

What they’re saying: Following the appointment, Stallings told the Bakersfield Californian that he was excited to hear of his selection. 

  • “Excitement to serving in this new role and really just gratitude – very thankful for being entrusted with this responsibility,” Stallings said. 
  • Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer told the publication that Stallings operates at the highest ethical standard and is able to represent values local to Kern County on the state level with his new position. 
  • “Mr. Stallings’ commitment to justice and the practice of law is evidenced not only in his work as a prosecutor handling serious DUI cases, but also his longstanding and continuing work with the Board of Trustees,” Zimmer told the publication. 
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