Paul Seeman has served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. Before becoming a judge, in his private law practice Paul Seeman participated in a number of international legal projects, including the effort to protect the Ganges River in India, in partnership with MC Mehta of the MC Mehta Environmental Foundation.
The MC Mehta Environmental Foundation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working for the protection of the environment, the rights of the people to clean and fresh water and air, the promotion of sustainable development, and the protection of the cultural heritage of India.
The Foundation has been actively involved in creating awareness among NGO’s, lawyers, scientists, government officials, academicians, students & youth through training and capacity building programmes, seminars, workshops, contests and other grass roots level activities.
As an attorney and former judge, Paul Seeman earned a number of honors such as the Wilmont Sweeney Award for Juvenile Court Judge of the Year. Most recently, he served as judge for the Alameda County Superior Court and as a member of the Judicial Council Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues.
The Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues published a final report in April, 2011, which attempted to provide a comprehensive set of recommendations for changing the paradigm for persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. The report is available online at http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/Mental_Health_Task_Force_Report_042011.pdf, and the recommendations are now the subject of a Mental Health Issues Implementation Task Force. The Implementation Task Force is charged with “developing a plan for judicial branch and interbranch implementation activities to improve court, criminal justice and mental health services outcomes for adults and juvenile offenders with mental illness, ensure fair and expeditious administration of justice, and promote improved access to treatment for litigants in the justice system.”