Brad R. Hill



  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J. D. Degree, 1983
  • Moot Court Board of Directors
  • Moot Court National Team
  • Instructor, Moot Court Program


  • California State University, Fresno
    Master of Business Administration Degree, 1979
  • Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1979
  • Dean’s Award (Master’s Program, School of Business), 1979


  • California State University, Fresno
    Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, 1977
    magna cum laude
  • CSUF Outstanding Senior Award (Alumni Association), 1978

Professional Experience

2006 - present Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
Appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2006 by Governor Schwarzenegger
Administrative Presiding Justice (2010-present)
1991 - 2006 Fresno County Superior Court
Appointed to the Superior Court in 1998 by Governor Wilson;
Appointed to the Municipal Court in 1991 by Governor Deukmejian;
Superior Court Presiding Judge (2003-2004);
Assistant Presiding Judge (2000-2002);
Executive Committee (1998-2006)
1983 - 1991 McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth
Partner in this law firm specializing in civil litigation

Judicial Activities and Associations:

Judicial Council of California - Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as one of 10 trial court judges (2000-2003) and one of three appellate court justices (2007-2010) on the California Judicial Council, the governing body for all trial and appellate courts in California.

  • Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group, Chairperson (2009-2013)
  • Commission for Impartial Courts, Steering Committee (2007-2009);
    Implementation Committee (2009-2010)
  • Policy Committee (2000-2003); Vice-chair (2008-2010)
  • Facilities Use Working Group, Chairperson (2009-2011)
  • Working Group on Court Security (2004-2011)
  • Judicial Benefits Working Group (2008-2009)
  • Executive and Planning Committee (2007-2008)
  • Kleps Award Program Committee (2006-2007)
  • Day on the Bench Steering Committee,
        Central California Coordinator (2000-2007)
  • Court-County Working Group (2005-2006)
  • Trial Court Executive Management Budget Working Group (2003-2004)
  • Presiding Judges’ Executive Committee (2003-2004)
  • Litigation Committee (2001-2003); Chairperson (2002-2003)
  • Bench-Bar Coalition (2002-2008)
  • Workflow Assessment Committee (1999-2000)
  • Court Profiles Committee (1997-1999); Chairperson (1999)

Court Facilities Working Group, Chairperson (2011- present)

  • Appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to serve as chair of this working group charged with providing ongoing oversight of the statewide program that maintains, renovates, and builds courthouses.

Task Force on Mental Health and Criminal Justice Issues, Chairperson (2007-2011)

  • Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as chair of this task force which is charged with developing strategies and recommending solutions for dealing with mental health issues in the court.

Commission for Impartial Courts Steering Committee (2007-2010)

  • Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George as a member of the steering committee charged with guiding the four statewide task forces in their work.  The Commission was formed to study and recommend ways to ensure judicial impartiality and accountability.  In 2009, I was appointed to the Implementation Committee for the Commission which is charged with developing strategies for ensuring that these 140 recommendations become a reality.

California Facilities Transitional Task Force, Chairperson (2004-2007) Three-year term

  • Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as chair of this task force which will assist with the development of strategies for the transfer of over 400 court facilities from county to state control, as well as designing long-term plans for the construction of over 200 new court facilities.

California Judicial Education Program

  • Mentor Judge Program, Central California Coordinator (2000-2005)
  • California Judicial College Faculty (1993, 2004)
  • CJER Civil Trial Faculty (2000)
  • Presiding Judges Orientation Faculty (2003, 2005)
  • Presiding Judge/Court Executive Officer Education Committee (2004-2007)
  • Satellite Broadcast Committee, Chairperson (2005-present)

Fresno County Court Facilities Foundation Board of Directors (1997-2007)
California Judges Association (1991-present);

  • Board of Directors (2004-2006), Vice-president (2005-2006)
  • Compensation and Benefits Oversight Committee, Chairperson (1997-1998)

Hastings College of Law Alumni Board of Governors (1991-2005);

  • Treasurer (1997-1998), Secretary (1998-2002),
    President-elect (2002-2003), President (2003-2004)

Fresno State University Alumni Board of Governors (2006-2008)

Fresno Regional Foundation Board of Directors (2006-2015)

  • Vice-Chair (2013-2015)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers; San Joaquin Valley Chapter

  • Board of Directors (2004-2013),
  • Vice-president (2005-2006),
  • President (2006-2007)

Fresno County Law Library Board of Directors (1991-1997);

  • President (1995-1997)

Bench, Bar, Media Committee, Fresno County Bar Association, Chairperson (1995)

Fresno Philharmonic Board of Directors (1986-1991)

California Law Revision Commission (1990-1991)

Rotary Club of Fresno (1983-present); Board of Directors (1985-1986)

Fresno County Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors (1985-1989);

  • President (1988)


  • Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, previously called the Jurist of the Year Award, presented in 2011 by the Judicial Council of California.
  • California Judges Association President’s Award presented in 2006 for “Outstanding Service to the California Judiciary.”
  • Bernard E. Witkin Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Fresno County Bar Association in 2006.
  • Bench-Bar Coalition Award presented by the California State Bar in 2005 “in recognition of Judge Hill’s outstanding contributions to the Judicial Branch in California.”
  • Hastings Law School Alumnus of the Year Award; Fresno Chapter, 2005.
  • Central California Legal Services Award in 2004 “honoring Judge Hill’s commitment to providing access to the courts to the poor and disadvantaged.”
  • Fresno County Young Lawyers “Blaine Pettitt Mentor Award,” 1995.

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