Bar Admission: Admitted to California Bar, 1967; Supreme Court of the United States, 1981
Education: University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 1958 (with Honors); M.J., 1960; McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, J.D., 1967 (with Highest Honors)
Judicial Service: Judge, Municipal Court, Sacramento Judicial District, 1983-1986; Judge, Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento, 1986-2002 (Civil and Criminal Trials, Civil Law and Motion, Family Law, Presiding Judge, 1994-1995, Judge, Appellate Department, 1989-90); Associate Justice Pro Tem, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, 1984-1985; Associate Justice Pro Tem, California Supreme Court, 1986, 2003, 2010; Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, 2002-.
Professional Background: Legislative Intern, Assembly, California Legislature, 1960-1961; Staff Director, Assembly, California Legislature, 1961-1969; Attorney Member and Vice Chair, State Water Resources Control Board, 1969-1975; Director, California Department of Water Resources 1975-1983
Professional Activities/Associations/Affiliations: Chair, Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, 2010-2016; Convener, Dividing the Waters (Water Judges Organization), 2004-Present); Member, California Commission on Access to Justice, 2004-present (Chair-2010-2014); Member, Governing Committee, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) 2003-present (Vice Chair, 2005-2006, Chair 2007-2012); Member, Academic Committee, International Organization for Judicial Training (IOJT), 2013-present; Member, Board of Directors, National Center for State Courts, 2005-2011; Member and Task Force Chair, Commission for Impartial Courts, 2007-2010; Member, Judicial Council of California, 1999-2002 (Chair Rules and Projects Committee, 2002; Vice Chair, Executive Committee, 2001; Chair Litigation Management Committee, 2001); Member, Appellate Advisory Committee, 2002-2008; Member, California Constitution Revision Commission, 1996; Member, Federal-State Judicial Council, 1998-1999; Special Master, Commission on Judicial Performance, 1991, 1997, 1999; Member, California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Disability, 2000-2003; Member, California Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Lawyer Regulation, 2002-2006; Member, Sacramento County Criminal Justice Cabinet, 1993-2002 (Chair 1994-1995); Master of the Bench, Anthony M. Kennedy, American Inn of Court, 1995-present; American Bar Association, (Chair, Water Law Committee, 1975); Sacramento County Bar Association, (Chair, Environmental Law Section, 2001-2002); Member, California Judges Association; ( Member Executive Board, 1990-1993; Chair, Technology Committee, 1990-1993; Chair, Disability and Discipline Committee, 1997; Member, Ethics Committee, 1993-1996); Member, California Commission to Review California Water Rights Law, 1978-80; Member, American Judicature Society
Educational/Professional Honors And Awards: Phi Beta Kappa; Sacramento County Bar Association, “Judge of the Year,” 2002; Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, “Judge of the Year,” 1994; Judicial Council: “ Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence”, 2011.
Professional Teaching/Educational Activities: Co-author, “Environmental Litigation, California Civil Practice” (Thompson-West) 1993-present; California Reporter, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Water Law Newsletter 1974-present; Adjunct Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific, 1970-2013; Member, Board of Directors, Water Education Foundation, 2007-Present; Member, Judicial Administration Institute of California Committee, 1998-1999; Member, Planning Committee, California Judicial Administration Conference, 1995, 1996, 2002; Chair, California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Computer Planning Committee, 1995-1999; Faculty Member, B.N. Witkin Judicial College of California, 1990-1993; Faculty Member, CJER Computer Classes, 1990-2001; Faculty Member, CJER Institutes, 1990-2014; Faculty Member, Continuing Judicial Studies Program, 2002, 2004-2008, 2011; Faculty Member, numerous California Judges Association Annual and Mid-Year Meetings
Community Activities: Member, Board of Directors, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Northern California Chapter (formerly Mountain Valley California Chapter), 1985-2005 (Chair, 1996-2001)