Governor Newsom appoints Diego Cartagena and Crystal Miller-O’Brien to the Access Commission

We are pleased to share that on Tuesday, November 16 the Governor Newsom announced his two new appointments for the California Access to Justice Commission: Diego Cartagena and Crystal Miller-O’Brien.  

Diego Cartagena is the President and CEO of Bet Tzedek since 2020, where he was Vice President of Legal Programs from 2017 to 2021 and Pro Bono Director from 2012 to 2017. Cartagena was Pro Bono Director at the Alliance for Children’s Rights from 2007 to 2012. He was Family Law Attorney at the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice from 2003 to 2007. Cartagena is a member of the California Access to Justice Commission’s Legal Aid Funding Committee, Justice in Aging’s Board of Directors and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s Civil Council. 

Crystal L. Miller-O’Brien has been an Employee Relations Advisor for Intuit Inc. since 2021, a Panel Attorney for the California Office of Legislative Counsel’s Workplace Conduct Unit since 2019 and a Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2016. She served on the California Law Revision Commission from 2011 to 2021. Miller-O’Brien was Advice and Litigation Counsel at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP from 2020 to 2021 and Director of Employee Relations and General Counsel at University Medical Partners in 2020. Miller-O’Brien was Labor and Employment Law Department Manager and General Counsel at Medical Management Consultants Inc./MMC-HR LLC from 2006 to 2020. Miller-O’Brien is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Class Representative for the Oberlin College Alumni Association and a Fairygodboss VIP blog contributor.

We welcome Commissioners Cartagena and Miller-O’Brien and look forward to having them join us in increasing access to justice in California. More information is available on the Governor’s announcement here.

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