Emerson J. Marks (November 30, 1876 - August 19, 1954)

Associate Justice, September 14, 1929 - July 31, 1948

Emerson J. Marks was one of the three jurists to first sit on the Fourth District Court of Appeal following its creation in 1929. He was born in New York on November 30, 1876. Five years later, he came to California where he attended Santa Ana grammar and high schools. In 1899, he obtained his law degree from Hastings College of Law, University of California, and was admitted to the practice of law. He practiced law continuously until 1925, interrupted only by his military service during World War I. He served in the U.S. Army and was discharged as a Major, Infantry, on May 5, 1919 - a rank he held in the U.S. Army reserve until 1930. He served as the City Attorney for the City of Fullerton. He started his judicial career on the Orange County Superior Court on July 2, 1925, where he remained until a week after his appointment on September 6, 1929, as Associate Justice on the Fourth District Court of Appeal. The oath of office was administered on September 14, 1929. He retired from the Court on July 31, 1948. He died in Orange County on August 19, 1954.