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California State Bar shaken by personnel issues involving two Black women

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

In less than one month, the State Bar of California has been roiled in high-level personnel

snafus involving two prominent Black California women.

In July, the California State Bar offered Fredericka McGee, a respected California

legislative attorney, the position of executive director. Then, in August, the organization

which serves as an administrative arm of the State Supreme Court and is charged with

protecting the public interest, reportedly rescinded that offer without an explanation.

McGee has been a licensed attorney with the Bar for almost 30 years. 

Then, last week, Debbie Manning, a member of State Bar’s 13-member board -- the only

African American serving on the governing body -- abruptly resigned midway through