ASSOCIATE JUSTICE, FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL, Division Five
Appointment/Election: Appointed [succeeding Justice Barbara Jones, elevated to Presiding Justice] by Governor Wilson, August 15, 1998.
Other Judicial Office: Judge, Superior Court, San Mateo County, appointed to newly-created position by Governor Deukmejiian March 20, 1989 (oath March 23, 1989), elected in 1990 (unopposed), and reelected in 1996. Presiding Judge, 1993. Assistant Presiding Judge, 1992. Presiding Criminal Judge, 1990 and 1996. Judge, Municipal Court, San Mateo County Judicial District, San Mateo County, December 30, 1986 (date of oath) to March 23, 1989, appointed [succeeding Judge Richard Gravelle, deceased] by Governor Deukmejian December 23, 1986 (oath December 30, 1986.)
Past Employment: Assistant District Attorney, San Mateo County, 1982-86 (prosecuted murder cases, and led prosecution against former police officer Anthony Jack Sully, who was sentenced to death for 6 grisly, sadomasochistic, cocaine-and-prostitution linked murders in San Mateo County). Private law practice: Bend, Oregon, 1979-82 (partner, handling civil litigation and criminal defense, Forcum, West, Stevens & Parker, 1980-82; and partner, Robinson and Stevens, 1979-80); Sacramento, Calif., 1974-76 (associate, Johnson, Greve, Clifford & Diepenbrock); and Los Angeles, Calif. 1996-71 (associate, Stephens, Jones, LaFever & Smith). Supervising Deputy District Attorney (1976-79) and Deputy District Attorney (1971-74), Sacramento County.
Memberships/Awards: Member: Calif. Judges Assn., 1986-; American Judges Assn., 1987-; American Arbitration Assn., 1970-; and Board of Directors, Bay Area Missing Children's Project, 1987-. Inductee: Menlo School & College Athletic Hall of Fame, 1987. Former member: San Mateo County Bar Assn., 1982-86. Director: Goodwill Industries, Sacramento, Calif., 1965-69.
Teaching/Lectures/Panelist: Faculty, Hastings Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy, 1986-.
Education: J.D. (June 13, 1968), Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, Calif.; B.S. (August 7, 1965, cum laude), Univ. of Southern Calif., Los Angeles (sports scholarship; played football; track and field; ranked 3rd nationally in decathlon; member, Sigma Chi fraternity, 1961-65, and held all offices at local chapter, 1962-64); Graduate (1961), Menlo High School, Menlo Park, Calif.
Born: December 10, 1942; Vallejo, Calif.; Divorced. Three children.
Interests: Enjoys running, bicycling, and all sports including underwater photography, scuba diving, and spear fishing.
Admission: Admitted to Calif. bar and to U.S. Dist. Court, Central Dist. of Calif., January 9, 1969; and to Oregon Bar October 10, 1979.
Political Affiliation/Religion:Republican; Episcopalian
Office Address:350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Office Phone:(415) 865-7340