Membership in the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

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Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States

A legal professional for more than three decades, Paul Seeman has served as an attorney and deputy county counsel, as well as a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. In addition to his bench service, he served as a member of the Judicial Council Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues. As an attorney, Paul Seeman was also a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

There are a number of reasons why a litigator would seek admission to the Bar of the Supreme Court. Membership has a pragmatic component since in almost every case court rules dictate that each party to a case being argued in court must be represented by a member of the Supreme Court Bar in good standing.

Additional perks come with bar membership, as well. For the general public, attending a session of open court requires standing in line for a good number of hours before the 10 a.m. arguments commence. Bar members, however, have their own special section of the courtroom in which they are able to sit. Seating is limited to those who arrive first, but the line for bar members is typically much shorter than the one for the general public.


NCJFCJ Prepares to Hold 80th Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Former judge Paul Seeman served the Alameda County Superior Court from 2009 to 2013. While serving as an Alameda County judge, Paul Seeman also chaired the International Committee of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ).

Founded in 1937, NCJFCJ is celebrating its 80th year working to improve juvenile and family justice courts in the United States. The organization’s 80th anniversary will be a focus of the upcoming NCJFCJ Annual Conference, which will take place July 16-19, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Over the course of four days, attendees at NCJFCJ’s 80th Annual Conference will have the opportunity to take part in presentations and other education sessions organized into several training tracks. They will also get the chance to hear from a list of prominent speakers that will include renowned legal scholar Erwin Chemerinsky, who will deliver the event’s opening keynote address.

Those interested in attending can register for the NCJFCJ Annual Conference online. Standard registration fees range from $745 for members to $940 for non-members who register before June 30. Both members and non-members who wait until July to register will pay an additional $50. To register or learn more about the event, visit

Procedure Taken before a Juvenile Is Formally Charged in Court


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Paul Seeman

A former judge for the Superior Court of Alameda County, California, Paul Seeman served as the vice chair of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (“CJER”) Juvenile Law Education Committee. Previously a juvenile court Referee and judge Pro Tem, Paul Seeman presided over dependency and delinquency hearings

The procedure for suspected juvenile offenders is substantially different from that of adults suspected of committing an offense. Typically, police have more discretion in situations involving minor offenders, they may issue warnings, divert the case to an informal resolution, or hold the minor in custody briefly and the release them to a parent or legal guardian. Finally, they may refer the case to a juvenile court.

When a minor is referred to a juvenile court, the court prosecutor becomes involved. Prosecutors may dismiss the case, deal with the case informally, or file a civil petition that formally charges the juvenile with a criminal offense. The procedure the prosecutor takes will depend on factors such as the gravity of the alleged offense, the age of the juvenile, and the minor’s past record as well as his/her social history.

CJER’s Partnership with the Institute for Court Management

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Paul Seeman

A former California state judge from 2009 to 2013, Paul Seeman concurrently served on multiple committees, task forces, and other legal initiatives and organizations. He also chaired the Alameda County Collaborative Juvenile Court and vice-chaired the Juvenile Law Education Committee for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER).

The CJER is dedicated to educating and training for judges, justices, commissioners, referees, managers, supervisors, and other executive officers and staff members within the California state court system. Since 2008, the CJER has partnered with the National Center for State Courts’ Institute for Court Management (ICM) to create the Court Management Program (CMP). The CMP provides national educational courses within six different U.S. states, and it’s broken up into the levels of Certified Court Manager and Certified Court Executive. Each of these levels require practitioners to complete six courses that are designed to meet the standards of the National Association for Court Management.