The Historic Accomplishments of Dipsea Hall of Famer Jack Kirk

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Jack Kirk
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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.”

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The CJA’s Two-Week Oxford Trip

 

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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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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.

Voter Fraud On Trial

On Tuesday, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, chair of the now-defunct “Voter Fraud” Commission, will go to court to defend a law that would require   that people present documentary proof of citizenship — such as a birth certificate, naturalization papers or a passport — when they register to vote. The case has national implications for voting rights as Republicans pursue laws they say are aimed at preventing voter fraud but that critics contend disenfranchise minorities and college students who tend to vote Democratic and who may not have such documentation readily available.

The trial before U.S District Judge Julie Robinson in Kansas City, Kansas, centers on the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as the Motor Voter Law, which allows people to register to vote when applying for a driver’s license. Robinson will decide whether Kobach has legal authority to demand such citizenship paperwork, and a key consideration will be whether Kansas has a significant problem with noncitizens registering to vote.

Kansas has about 1.8 million registered voters. Kobach has told the court he has been able to document a total of 127 noncitizens who at least tried to register to vote. Forty-three of them were successful in registering, he says, and 11 have voted since 2000. Five of those people registered at motor vehicle offices, according to Kobach.

In the first three years after the Kansas law went into effect in 2013, about one in seven voter registration applications in Kansas were blocked for lack of proof of citizenship — with nearly half of them for people under the age of 30, according to court documents. Between 2013 and 2016, more than 35,000 Kansans were unable to register to vote.