Commissioner Dorothy Liu is a partner at Hanson Bridgett, where a partner served as the Ed Lee treasurer.
is one of two commissioners appointed under a charter requirement for appointees "broadly representative of the general public.
However, in both cases the appointments went to attorneys, making four of the five commissioners with legal backgrounds.
was appointed in April on a narrow vote by the Board of Supervisors.
Liu works for Hanson Bridgett, and since being appointed to Ethics, her firm has signed on as the local legal representative for the America's Cup, whose chair is Mark Buell, who also serves as chair of the Recreation and Park Commission.
to ask how this would be interpreted in light of her
appointment to the Ethics Commission
said that language was now removed from their web site.
announced the expansion of her
law firm's practice areas but also said a "fire wall" was erected that included ensuring that she
derived no income from his
clients and that she
would recuse herself in cases involving him or Hanson Bridgett clients.
According to the Hanson Bridgett web site, "Dorothy
also handles benefits litigation and defends employers against claims of race and gender discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, retaliation, breach of contract and wrongful termination in single-plaintiff and multiple-plaintiff matters at the trial and appellate levels."
In a recent matter, Liu
voted with other commissioners to dismiss a charge of retaliation, hearing from the city official in closed session but declining to hear from the city employees who filed the complaint.
Commissioner Liu, in response to questions from CitiReport, clarified her view on conflict of interest issues: