Division Six: Associate Justice Martin J. Tangeman

Associate Justice Martin J. Tangeman Judicial Background:
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six

On February 22, 2016, he was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, after receiving an “exceptionally well qualified” rating from the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Committee

Judge of the Superior Court, County of San Luis Obispo
July 2001 - February 2016
Presiding Judge (2008-2009)
Assistant Presiding Judge (2006-2007; 2014-2015)
Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Attorney at Law, private practice for 23 years
Lawyer, Sinsheimer Scheibelhut &Baggett, San Luis Obispo, CA (associate, 1982-1984; partner, 1984-2001)
Lawyer, Ogle, Gallo & Merzon, Morro Bay, CA (associate, 1978-1982)
General civil practice, with an emphasis on business and real property litigation.

Professional Membership and Participation:

San Luis Obispo County Bar Association
(President, 1989; Vice-President, 1988; Secretary, 1985 & 1987; Member 1979-2001)

San Luis Obispo County Land Conservancy
(President, 2001; Vice-President, 2000; Member Board of Trustees, 1996-2001)

San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival Board of Directors
(President, 1998; Member, 1995-1998)

He served on the following local, statewide and national court-related committees:

Judicial Council of California

Member, Judicial Council of California (2014-2016)
Vice-Chair, Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee Executive Committee (2008-2009)
Member, Trial Court Budget Working Group (2008-2009)
Civil Jury Instructions Advisory Committee (Chair, 2014-present;
Member, 2006-present)

Teaching Experience

Visiting Professor, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Spring Semester 2013, on American Constitutional Law and Common Law

Lecturer, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
2011-2012, on American Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law

Faculty, Civil Law Institute, 2015

Faculty/Facilitator, Presiding Judges and CEO Management Program, 2012-2015

Faculty/Facilitator, Supervising Judges Institute, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014


J.D., University of California, San Francisco (Hastings), 1978, Order of the Coif

B.A., California State University, Fullerton, 1975