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.
A former judge in California, Paul Seeman possesses more than 30 years of legal experience, including 24 years running his own firm. In his position as an Alameda County Superior Court judge, Paul Seeman handled dependency cases stemming from child abuse.
Child abuse can be physical, such as by willful infliction of injury, or sexual, such as by assault or exploitation. It can also include mental abuse, negligent treatment that threatens a child’s health or safety, and cruel and inhumane treatment.
Abuse cases are not always evidenced by physical scars, bruises, or broken bones. Warning signs of abuse include: excessive withdrawal; constant fear; crippling anxiety; extreme behavior, such as constant watchfulness; inappropriate clothing, such as sweaters on hot days; problems sitting or walking; knowledge of sexual acts way above his/her age; fear of changing clothes in front of others; poor hygiene; and untreated illness.
You do not have to witness child abuse to report it. The law allows anyone who reasonably suspects that abuse is taking place to inform the authorities. Some people, however, such as school staff, athletic coaches, and pediatric physicians, are duty-bound by law to report incidences or reasonable suspicion of child abuse.
Alameda Collaborative Juvenile Court
Former judge Paul Seeman has decades of experience practicing and teaching law, in addition to serving as a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court. During his career, he was nominated for and earned a number of awards, including the Wilmont Sweeney Juvenile Court Judge of the Year Award in 2009. Paul Seeman received this award in recognition of his work in establishing the Alameda Collaborative Juvenile Court.
The Alameda Collaborative Juvenile Court (ACJC) was created with the resolve to help youths with mental illness, instead of criminalizing them unnecessarily. By collaborating with and improving coordination between the mental health and juvenile justice systems, the ACJC seeks to help young people with mental health issues receive the support they need to remain in their communities and become well-adjusted adults. Services that are provided through this court include mental health treatment, intensive case management, medication, and help from social workers and educational specialists.