Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
BAR ADMISSION: Admitted to California Bar in 1976.
EDUCATION: Juris doctor, University of Illinois College of Law, 1972; Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, University of Illinois, 1969.
PROFESSIONAL LEGAL BACKGROUND: Captain, United States Air Force, Judge Advocate General Corps, 1972-1976, Circuit Prosecutor 1974-1976 prosecuting criminal cases including murder, sexual assaults and narcotics importation and conspiracies; Assistant United States Attorney, Sacramento, California 1976-1979, criminal division prosecuting white collar crimes such as bank fraud and embezzlement, currency violations including counterfeiting, narcotics sales and importation, bank robberies, and firearms violations; Sole practitioner, Sacramento, California, 1979, general practice; Associate and partner, McDonough, Holland & Allen, Sacramento, California, 1979-1995, general civil litigation practice in the areas of business, real estate, redevelopment, public law, health care law, and toxics and hazardous waste litigation.
JUDICIAL BACKGROUND: Nominated to the Court of Appeal, Third District, December, 1997, confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, February, 1998; appointed to the Superior Court, Sacramento County, March, 1995, elected March 1996, served in a general trial assignment, as advisor judge to the 1996-1997 and 1997-1998 Sacramento County Grand Jury, as a member of the Superior Court Appellate Panel, and as an Accelerated Civil Trial Act Judge.
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/ASSOCIATIONS/AFFILIATIONS: Member, Judicial Council of California, 2011 to present; Chair, Judicial Council Rules and Projects Committee, 2011 to present; Co-chair, Tribal Court/State Court Forum, 2011 to present; Member, Judicial Council Litigation Management Committee, 2011 to present; Member, Appellate Advisory Committee, 2008 to 2011; Member, Judicial Council Task Force on Jury Instructions, 1997 to 2003; Master of the Bench, Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court; Master of the Bench, Milton L. Schwartz American Inn of Court, 1995-1998.
EDUCATIONAL/PROFESSIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS: Finalist, National Moot Court Competition, 1968; Chairman of the Board, McDonough, Holland & Allen, 1994-1995.
PROFESSIONAL TEACHING/EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES: Lecturer, Sacramento Barrister's Club program for new admittees to the bar, Sacramento Area Legal Assistants on the subject of case processing in the Third District Court of Appeal, American River College Law and Society; Article, McDonough, Holland & Allen Quarterly Newsletter: Insurance Coverage in Toxics and Hazardous Waste Matters.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Judge, Law Student Moot Court competition, University of California, Davis Law School; Judge, High School Moot Court competition, 1997; Co-organizer, Government Day for Kids, May 15, 1998; President and member of the board, Greenhaven Youth Soccer Club, 1300 member youth soccer organization, 1989-1993; Member of the board, Sacramento Youth Soccer League, 1992, 1993.