California Judges Association Hires New Executive Director


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California Judges Association

A former judge of the Alameda County Superior Court of the state of California, Paul Seeman earned his juris doctor from the University of California, Berkeley. An active member of the judiciary in policy matters, Paul Seeman held memberships in several legal groups and organizations, including the California Judges Association.

Founded in 1929, the California Judges Association brings together the judiciary of California in common cause. The nonprofit association’s membership is made up of judges, commissioners, and former judges from the state’s Superior Courts, Courts of Appeal, and State Bar Courts, and works to ensure fair and impartial justice is served throughout the state.

The California Judges Association recently announced the hiring of a new executive director and CEO of the association. On February 1, 2018, Nicole Virga Bautista took over for former executive director Stan Bissey, who left to take a leadership position with the Los Angeles County Bar Association. Ms. Bautista has an extensive nonprofit management background, including executive leadership experience with the California Association of Mortgage Professionals. A graduate of the University of California, Davis, she plans to leverage her experience in membership, education, and government affairs to lead new initiatives for the association.


Berkeley High Baseball and Friends of the Derby Street Park & Field


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Berkeley High Baseball

A former California Superior Court Judge from 2009 to 2013, Paul Seeman concurrently served on multiple committees, task forces, and other legal organizations. He also chaired the Alameda County Collaborative Juvenile Court. Outside of the professional arena, Paul Seeman volunteered his support to Friends of the Derby Street Park and Field.

A group of concerned Berkeley citizens established Friends of the Derby Street Park and Field in 1998 to promote a plan to bring a baseball stadium to Berkeley High School. The plan, which would have closed a block of Derby Street near the school to create a multi-purpose sports field, had become mired in controversy when the farmer’s market that had been using the same block once a week decided they did not want to move to another nearby location. Berkeley High School players continued to practice and play at another city facility, San Pablo Park, until 2013 when a compromise solution kept Derby Street open but redesigned it slightly to accommodate a regulation diamond.

With the help of Friends of the Derby Street Park and Field, Berkeley High School’s first regulation baseball field opened on September, 21, 2013. Christened Tim Moellering Field after a Berkeley High School baseball coach who died of cancer in 2011, the new complex also includes a basketball court and a separate grass sports field. The Farmer’s Market, after opposing the street closure and forcing the re-design, eventually moved to another location anyway.

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.


The Dipsea – a Storied Northern California Trail Race

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The Dipsea

Over his more than three decades in the field of law, Paul Seeman served in a number of roles including judge, attorney, and educator. While engaged with his career, Paul Seeman also participated for many years in the Dipsea, an annual cross-country race in Northern California.

First held in November of 1905, the Dipsea has taken place every year since 1983 on the second Sunday of June. America’s oldest trail race, it requires runners to navigate a strenuous but scenic 7.4-mile course which begins in Mill Valley and extends to Stinson Beach.

The race was first organized by members of the Olympic Club in San Francisco and was named for the Dipsea Inn, a seaside establishment that served as the endpoint of the 1905 race. Over the years, the Dipsea has welcomed such runners as Jack Kirk, who ran the race in 74 consecutive years, winning it twice. In 2016, Brian Pilcher crossed the finish line first to earn his third Dipsea victory.