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.”