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 www.ncjfcj.org.
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.
Southern California Outrigger Racing Association
Paul Seeman has had a legal career spanning more than 30 years, as an attorney, commissioner, and finally as a judge with the Alameda County Superior Court in California. As judge, he was a member of the Judicial Council Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues. As someone who enjoys staying active, particularly outside, Paul Seeman participates in outrigger canoe paddling.
Outrigger canoeing in California goes back to 1959 with the first race taking place between two boats on September 20 from Avalon on Catalina Island to the Newport Dunes. Both boats were made of koa wood and were shipped to California from Hawaii. The Hawaiian crew won the race in five hours, while the California team finished just 11 minutes later.
The Southern California Outrigger Racing Association (SCORA) allows individuals interested in outrigger canoe paddling to participate in team races. The organization offers training from May through September, with Iron Races during May and June. Each boat participating in these Iron Races has a crew of six paddlers who compete through the entire 10- to 14-mile race without rest. The nine-person season begins in August with the Whitey Harrison Race and ends with the U.S. National Championships, which is a 30- to 34-mile race between Catalina Island and Newport Beach. Practices are Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. until sunset and Saturday mornings at 7:00.
A graduate of the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Boalt Hall, Paul Seeman served for four years as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court in Oakland, California. A former judge, Paul Seeman’s first impressions of the practice of law came at a young age when he watched the 1954 drama The Caine Mutiny.
Directed by Edward Dmytryk, The Caine Mutiny is a movie set in 1944 on a dilapidated U.S. Navy ship named the U.S.S. Caine. Ensign Willie Keith joins the Caine as part of its crew after graduating from officer training, and is put under the command of Captain DeVriess. After a brief period DeVriess is transferred and a new officer, Captain Francis Philip Queeg, replaces him.
Queeg strikes the crew as particularly unpredictable. On a mission to escort assault teams, Queeg is alarmed by enemy fire and orders the crew to drop the Caine’s landing zone marker and retreat to open sea. In another incident, Queeg summons the whole crew for an investigation into the disappearance of his gallon of strawberries. Some of the crew members, including Lt. Tom Keefer and Lt. Steve Maryk, suspect the captain is mentally unfit.
On another mission, Queeg orders the Caine’s crew to maintain course despite a heavy storm that could capsize the ship. It is at this point that Maryk uses the Navy Code to relieve Queeg of his command. Maryk is supported by Keith.
When the ship returns to the mainland, Maryk and Keith are brought before a court-martial. They are represented by Lt. Barney Greenwald. During examination, Barney takes Queeg through a series of open-ended questions that throw him into a defensive tantrum, revealing his mental instability and paranoia, and Maryk and Keith are acquitted.