3 Bay Area lawyers named to state anti-bias panel

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday nominated three Bay Area lawyers to the state council that makes rules to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence.

The Fair Employment and Housing Council, a body within the state department of the same name, establishes regulations and consists of seven members appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.

Dale BrodskyDale Brodsky, 62, of Orinda, is a partner at Oakland-based labor law firm Beeson Tayer and Bodine, where she has worked since 2002. She was associate editor for the California Public Employee Relations Program at University of California, Berkeley from 2000 to 2002 and was an attorney in private practice from 1997 to 2002. Brodsky was an adjunct law professor at the University of San Francisco from 1997 to 2001 and a teacher at Mt. Diablo Unified School District from 1992 to 1996. She was an associate attorney at Saperstein Seligman and Mayeda from 1989 to 1991 and an attorney in private practice from 1984 to 1989. Brodsky held various positions at the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing from 1978 to 1983, including staff attorney and legal counsel. And she was deputy public defender for the City and County of San Francisco in 1978. A Democrat, Brodsky earned a law degree from University of California, San Francisco School of Law.

Chaya MandelbaumChaya Mandelbaum, 33, of San Francisco, has worked at Sanford Heisler LLP since 2011, as an associate and more recently as senior litigation counsel. He was a trial attorney for the Office of the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor from 2007 to 2011 and an associate at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP from 2005 to 2007. A Democrat, he earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

Chanee Franklin MinorChanee Franklin Minor, 37, of Oakland, has been a staff attorney for the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board since 2011. She was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP from 2006 to 2009, and a staff attorney at the Eviction Defense Center in 2005. Franklin Minor served as commissioner at the Oakland Residential Rent Adjustment Board from 2008 to 2009. A Democrat, Franklin Minor earned a law degree from Cornell Law School.

Brown also today named to the council Patricia Perez, 45, of Encinitas, president and chief executive officer at Puente Consulting APC, and Andrew Schneiderman, 57, of South Pasadena vice president and general counsel at the California Commerce Club Inc. since 1994. Perez is registered with no party preference, Schneiderman is a Democrat.

The compensation for these positions is $100 per diem.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.