Presiding Justice, Fifth Appellate District
BAR ADMISSION: Admitted to California Bar in December 1974
EDUCATION: J.D. University of California, Hastings School of Law 1974; B.A. California State University, Fresno, 1970.
PROFESSIONAL LEGAL BACKGROUND: Deputy District Attorney, Fresno 1974-1977; Chief Deputy District Attorney 1977-1981 (in charge of homicide prosecutions).
JUDICIAL BACKGROUND: Nominated Presiding Justice of the Fifth District Court of Appeal July 1994, confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments August 1994. Nominated to the Fifth District Court of Appeal 1987, confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments January 1988. Elected to the balance of predecessors term 1990. Presiding Criminal Judge of the Superior Court 1987. Appointed to the Superior Court, Fresno, January 1985. Presiding Judge Fresno Municipal Court 1984, 1985. Assistant Presiding Judge, Fresno Municipal Court 1982-1983. Elected to the Fresno Municipal Court 1981.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/ASSOCIATIONS/AFFILIATIONS: Chairman, New Trial Judge Orientation 1985; Chairman, California Judges Association Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure 1987. Committee to Oversee Appointed Counsel 1990-1994. Judicial Council of the State of California 1993. Policy Committee of Judicial Council 1993. Chairman, Executive Committee on Judicial Council 1995. Chairman, Committee on Appellate Courts 1996. Chairman, California Task Force on Trial Court Employees 1998.
EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS: San Joaquin College of Law Teacher of the Year 1987, 1994. Developed program winning Kleps Award for Judicial Management in California 1993.
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Faculty, California Judges College, University of California, Berkeley 1983-1988. Professor of Law, San Joaquin College of Law 1984 to date (Evidence). Faculty, New Judge Orientation 1983-1993. Lecturer, National Council of Chief Judges 1996. Author: California Evidence.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees, San Joaquin College of Law 1988 to present. Church, Board of Trustees, Pilgrim Congregational Church 1988-1991. Soccer Coach 1987-1996.