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

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 ten 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.

  • Commission for Impartial Courts, Steering Committee (2007-2009);
    Implementation Committee (2009-present)
  • Policy Committee (2000-2003); Vice-chair (2008-2010)
  • Facilities Use Working Group, Chairperson (2009-2010)
  • Working Group on Court Security (2004-present)
  • Bench-Bar Coalition (2002-present)
  • 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)
  • Workflow Assessment Committee (1999-2000)
  • Court Profiles Committee (1997-1999); Chairperson (1999)

Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues, Chairperson (2007-present)

  • Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as chair of this task force which is charged with the responsibility of developing ways to improve practices and procedures in cases involving adult and juvenile mentally ill offenders.

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

  • 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 (2005-2007)

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-present)
Association of Business Trial Lawyers; San Joaquin Valley Chapter

  • Board of Directors (2004-present), 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)


  • 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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