The California Supreme Court appointed has appointed David Pasternak of Los Angeles-based Pasternak Pasternak & Patton to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California, the state agency which regulates the practice of law in California.
Pasternak, a somewhat controversial figure, served as court Receiver since 1982. He currently serves as the federal court Receiver in a $150 million mortgage fraud case in which he has possessed some 85 expensive homes in California and Wyoming, as well as an array of other assets, including fine wines, art, jewelry, home furnishings, firearms, and various interests in high-end West Los Angeles home developments.
He is an officer of both Bet Tzedek and the Chancery Club.
Recently, Pasternak has been named as one of the defendants in a RICO suit advanced by Marina Del Rey-based legal scholar Dan Dydzak. According to the suit, Pasternak uses Bet Tzedek as forum to meet, collude, and otherwise bribe various judges and lawyers for the purpose of further appointing Pasternak as “Receiver.”
Also named as defendant was Sandor Samuels — CEO and President of Bet Tzedek and former Chief Trial Counsel at embattled Countywide Financial Services . Dydzak maintains that Samuels was appointed President and CEO of Bet Tzedek largely due to his working knowledge of how to operate an enterprise which engages in myriad financial crimes.
The lawsuit alleges that various defendants misused Bet Tzedek as vehicle for the purpose of bribery, embezzlement, money laundering and tax-evasion with the intended outcome of siphoning the money into off-shore accounts. According to sources, the various accounts are located in Switzerland and at the Vatican. The complaint also contains allegations that Ronald George — former Chief Justice of the State of California — unlawfully transferred funds from entities that were under his control (such as the California Administrative Office of the Courts (“AOC”) intended for the CCMS computer system) into various accounts that were specifically maintained in Alan Rothenberg’s bank — 1st Century — a bank which Eric George owns in part. Said funds, as the suit alleges, were later embezzled.
According to the California Supreme Court it “anticipates appointing individuals to the board over the next three years, following legislation (SB 163) changing the composition of the board.
The legislation took effect in January and will gradually reduce the current 23-member board to 19 members by October 31, 2014. The new board will include six elected lawyers, one from each of the state’s six appellate court districts; five attorneys appointed by the state Supreme Court; six nonlawyer members chosen by the Legislature and the Governor’s Office; and two attorneys appointed by the Legislature and the Governor’s Office. The legislation was sponsored by Senator Noreen Evans, Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Supreme Court appointees will be chosen after the court considers recommendations and ratings of applicants by the court’s Committee on the Application and Evaluation of Nominees Committee (AENC). The AENC currently reviews applicants for the State Bar Court. Because of time constraints for this first appointment, the court requested that the AENC assist it. The court is considering a new rule and appointment of a separate committee to review applicants for the court’s appointments to the Board of Trustees.
The existing AENC, appointed by the court, generally comprises seven members, four active attorneys, two active or retired judges, and one public member. Two of the attorneys are members of the State Bar Board, and in this process, the court has requested that the AENC act without their participation. By statute, staff of the State Bar assists the AENC in processing the recommendations for the court.
Applicants must be active members of the State Bar and have their principal place of business in California. The term of the appointment is three years and the appointment may be extended by the Court for an additional three years.”