As announced near the end of last session, the committee will be chaired by veteran Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski of Fremont, whose solo legal practice is focused on bankruptcy reorganizations and misdemeanor criminal matters. The vice-chair will continue to be Assemblymember Don Wagner of Irvine, a former large-firm attorney and name partner in an LLP who has held that post since his initial election to the Assembly in 2010.
The committee will be evenly split between veterans and rookies.In addition to the chair and vice-chair, veteran (returning) members include Assemblymembers Luis Alejo (D-Salinas), Roger Dickinson (D-Sacramento) and Jeff Gorell (R-Camarillo). The newly-elected attorneys who will be members of the panel are:
Assemblymember Brian Maienschein (R-San Diego) - Adjunct professor of Election Law at Cal Western School of Law, formerly adjunct professor for the University of San Diego School of Law, former San Diego City Council member, most recently Commissioner of Plan to End Chronic Homelessness at United Way of San Diego
Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Scotts Valley) - Before beginning a member of the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors in 2003, Stone was a solo practitioner whose practice involved counseling Silicon Valley high-technology companies in clients in business-related legal issues. Primary areas of practice included technology transactions, software and hardware licensing and procurement, intellectual property issues, general corporate and personnel issues.