The Santa Monica Community College District Personnel Commission has recently appointed Lawrence Leone to fill the seat, vacated by the recent retirement of Dolores Press.

Leone will be serving a three-year term through Dec. 1, 2016, college officials said. Press had served since 1998.

The Personnel Commission selected Leone from among six applicants to fill the seat.

The five-member commission is the public body responsible for the administration of the college’s Merit System, a civil service system for classified employees and for fostering the advancement of a career service for such employees. To execute these responsibilities, the State Education Code provides that the commissioners shall classify positions; hear appeals of disciplinary and dismissal matters, and protests involving examinations, selection and appointment procedures; and prescribe rules related to a variety of personnel practices.

Leone has been a practicing attorney in family law since 1977, and a resident of Santa Monica since 1973. He has served as a board member and trustee with the Los Angeles County Bar Association, a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation Board and is a former chair of the Family Law Section.

He has served as a judge pro tem on over 100 occasions and is chief counsel for Island Outpost, an educational nonprofit organization.

He is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University Law School and the UCLA, with high honors.

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