Visiting Oceania


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A former judge in the Alameda County Superior Court, Paul Seeman provides consulting services in the fields of non-profit organization and management, juvenile justice, and criminal justice reform through Kanawha Consulting, which he founded in 2015. Alongside his career, Paul Seeman enjoys traveling around the world to places such as Oceania.

A large geographic region made up mostly of islands, including Australia and New Zealand, Oceania hosts a diverse range of exotic locations. Its natural beauty ranges from the lush forests of New Zealand to the volcanoes of Fiji.

Life on the islands offers a relaxed pace for vacationers. Locals, many of which come from the indigenous peoples, have much to share from their customs and traditions and gladly welcome visitors.

For tourists who want to do more than relax on a beach, activities abound. Oceania offers numerous opportunities ranging from hiking to surfing and other water sports. The region also offers spectacular stargazing at night.


The Historic Accomplishments of Dipsea Hall of Famer Jack Kirk

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Jack Kirk

The recipient of a juris doctor from the University of California, Berkeley, Paul Seeman is a former judge with the Alameda County Superior Court. During his career, he also served as an attorney and juvenile court referee. In addition to his professional pursuits, Paul Seeman is an avid runner who participated in the Dipsea Race from 1987 to 2010.

Established by a group of San Francisco Olympic Club members in 1905, the Dipsea Race is a celebrated diverse-terrain, 7.1-mile trail run. A Hall of Fame was established in 1993 to honor some of the most accomplished runners to participate in the race. Several athletes have won the race on multiple occasions, including the first-ever winner John Hassard, Mike Boitano, and Homer Latimer, but none have a more celebrated history of participation than two-time winner Jack Kirk, who ran every race from 1930 to 2003. He won his first race in 1951 and was the winner once again in 1967. He was 96 years old when he ran in his final Dipsea Race.

At his first race, Kirk earned the “Dipsea Demon” moniker as, according to legend, one runner in 1933 mentioned Kirk “runs like a demon” after he appeared out of nowhere and tore down a slope, passing a horde of runners along the way. In 2004, filmmaker Drow Millar produced a biographical film on his life aptly titled The Dipsea Demon.”

The CJA’s Two-Week Oxford Trip


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California Judges Association

A former California Superior Court judge, Paul Seeman possesses more than three decades of legal experience, including 20 years on the juvenile court bench in Alameda County. Over the course of his career, Paul Seeman served as a member of many professional groups, including the California Judges Association (CJA).

Committed to upholding judicial excellence in order to ensure fair and impartial justice, CJA provides insurance programs, networking opportunities, and educational resources to its hundreds of members. In addition to its annual conference and webinars, the professional organization will host a two-week Oxford seminar from August 18 to September 1 in which members will learn about current English law practices and the history of English law while visiting London courts and historic sites such as Bletchley Park, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Windsor Castle. Participants will stay at the historic 13th-century campus at Merton College.

A $400 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve a spot on the trip, while the total cost, including flights and accommodations, is $5,495. The next major CJA event is the CJA 2018 Annual Meeting, which will be held September 14-16 at the San Diego Marriott Marquis.

A Look at the Dipsea Kidz Community Program


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Dipsea Kidz

Former judge Paul Seeman holds a juris doctor degree from Boalt Hall, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. As an attorney he managed his own law practice for many years, specializing in criminal and juvenile law, before serving as a court commissioner and judge with Alameda County Superior Court. An avid runner in his personal life, Paul Seeman competed in the Dipsea race 13 years in a row.

The Dipsea race, which is the oldest trail race in the United States, has been held every year since 1905. Due to its popularity, only 1,500 racers are allowed to compete in the 7.4-mile-long race. Along with their applications, prospective Dipsea racers have the option of sending donations to benefit the philanthropic arm of the organization, the Dipsea Foundation.

The foundation, which generally engages in work that connects visitors with the Muir Wood and preserves the area’s trails, operates Dipsea Kidz, a community program for kids. A youth development initiative, Dipsea Kidz provides afterschool programming for at-risk children in Marin County. The programming occurs twice a week and includes mentoring, nutritional, and educational components. Moreover, children who participate in the program learn how to train for and compete in a cross-country run.