CJAC: Civil Justice Association of California

Jan 5, 2011

CJAC Names Kimberly Stone as New President

Veteran legislative advocate replaces John H. Sullivan as head of legal reform group

SACRAMENTO - The Civil Justice Association of California, the state’s leading advocacy group for legal reform, has selected Kimberly Stone to serve as its new president, the Association announced today.

Stone is currently Director of Government Affairs for Blue Shield of California, a position she moved to early last summer after serving as CJAC’s Vice President - Legislation. She joined CJAC in 2005 as Legislative Director and was especially effective in coalition building and countering legislation detrimental to CJAC members and the civil justice system.

“I am honored to have been selected to lead the Civil Justice Association of California and look forward to continuing the important work of building a stronger California and creating a more fair civil justice system,” Stone said.

“Excessive litigation costs California consumers and taxpayers money that they should not have to spend. California businesses small and large are facing unprecedented challenges in trying to help the economy rebound by creating jobs and revenue for the state. Government entities, too, face unnecessary litigation costs and avoidance expenses during a time of unprecedented financial challenges. I will work to ensure that employers are protected from legislation and lawsuits that drive up costs and make it harder for California to begin growing strong again,” she said.

Stone will officially take the helm on January 18.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with Kim at CJAC,” said John H. Sullivan, who departs the Association this month after becoming its president in 1995. “She understands CJAC’s unique role as an issue-driven organization that works on behalf of a unique coalition - small businesses, individual professionals, corporations of every kind, and government entities. Kim will continue CJAC’s strong policy-making participation with the Judiciary as well as the Legislature and in furthering the Association’s important separate role in the political arena.”

Joe Manero, CJAC Board Chair, said: “Kim will hit the ground running as CJAC president,” Manero said. “She brings an in-depth knowledge of the organization, is well-respected in the Capitol, and has a keen understanding of the complex issues that matter to CJAC’s members. She will be a great leader for the Association.”

Prior to joining CJAC, Stone, 41, was Director of Development of The Adelante Foundation, a nonprofit micro credit organization in Honduras. She cofounded the organization with her husband, who grew up in the country before receiving a mechanical engineering degree at Stanford. She previously served as a deputy district attorney for San Mateo County and as special assistant to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. As a prosecutor, engaged in over 25 jury trials and wrote and successfully argued an appeal before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Stone and her husband have two children.

A graduate of Stanford University School of Law, she received a Stanford undergraduate degree in American Studies. While at Stanford, she was a legislative advocate and legislative committee member for the California Alliance Against Domestic Violence.

Commenting on departing CJAC President Sullivan, Manero said, “John grew the organization into one of the premier advocacy groups in California. His tireless efforts to promote a fair civil justice system have served not just CJAC members but all Californians. Indeed, he has helped make CJAC a model for other civil justice reform groups around the country.”

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