Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura Counties, CA November 3, 1998 General
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Full Biography for Walter Croskey

Candidate for
Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2 Division 3


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BAR ADMISSION: Admitted to California Bar January 1959.

Admitted to District of Columbia Bar 1960.

EDUCATION: University of Southern California Law Center, Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor, June 1958; University of Southern California School of Public Administration, Bachelor of Science (Major: Law Enforcement and Police Administration), June 1955.

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL BACKGROUND: Attorney at Law, private practice for 23 years (1962-1985) in Beverly Hills and Century City; small firm litigation practice (commerical, business and real estate litigation); U.S. Navy (JAG) Commissioned Officer, May 1, 1959-April 30, 1962.

JUDICIAL BACKGROUND: Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 3, November 20, 1987-present; Judge of the Superior Court, County of Los Angeles, January 4, 1985-November 20, 1987.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES/ASSOCIATES/AFFILIATIONS: JUDICIAL COMMITTEES: Member, Judicial Council Appellate Courts Standing Advisory Committee 1993-1995; Chair, Judicial Council Ad Hoc Committee on Trial Court Funding 1990-1992; Chair, Second Appellate District Court Reporter OSC Panel 1989-1995; Member, State-Federal Judicial Council 1989-1997; Member, Executive Committee of the Los Angeles Superior Court 1986-1987; Co-Chair, "Fast Track" (AB 3300) Rule Drafting Committee, Los Angeles Superior Court 1987; ORGANIZED BAR COMMITTEES: State Bar Committee on Administration of Justice 1983-1985; Board of Trustees, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1984-1986; Chair, Litigtion Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1985-1986; Executive Committee, Litigation Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1980-1994; State Courts Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1988-1996; Delegate, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Delegation to State Bar Conference 1981-1984; Executive Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association Delegation to State Bar Conference of Delegates 1983-1984; Pre and Post Judgment Interest Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1982-1985; Ad Hoc Committee on Yarbrough v. Superior Court, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1984; Litigation Section Pro Bono Subcommittee for Coordination with Public Counsel, Los Angeles County Bar Association 1983-1984.

PROFESSIONAL/EDUCATIONAL HONORS AND AWARDS: Jurist of the Year Award 1998, Los Angeles County Bar Association, May 27, 1998; Distinguished Service Award, Jurist of the Year 1994, Judicial Council of California, April 15, 1994, Roger J. Traynor Memorial Award-Appellate Justice of the Year, Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association, 1993; Bernard S. Jefferson Award-Distinguished Service in Judicial Education, California Judges Association, 1992; Rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" for Court of Appeal by Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE), October 1987; Graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of Southern California, School of Public Administration, June 1955.

LEGAL ARTICLES: "Seaman's and Wallis, A Tort Remedy for Breach of Contract in Non-Insurance Cases" (Spring 1985, Litigation Section N.L., LACBA); "Litigation Cost Shifting, An Economical Path to Court Reform" (September 1985, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 8, No. 6); "Bad Faith: The Expansion of Tort Remedies in Non-Insurance Cases" (Fall 1985, Beverly Hills Bar Association Journal, Vol. 19, No. 4); "Seaman's Revisted" (Spring 1987, Litigation Section N.L., LACBA); "The Emotional Distress of Employment Termination" (Fall 1990, Litigation Section N.L., LACBA); "Bad Faith in California - Its History, Development and Current Status" (Spring 1991, American Bar Association, Tort & Insurance Law Journal, No. 3);Co-Author, "Understanding and Applying the Hearsay Rule" (February 1992, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 14, No. 11); Co-Author, "Avoiding Evidence Pitfalls" (March 1992, Los Angeles Lawyer, Vol. 15, No. 1); Co-Author, California Practice Guide (The Rutter Group), Insurance Litigation (3 volumes, 1995-1998).

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS: Speaker, panel member and/or moderator on over 75 legal educational programs 1985-1998.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES: Elder-Trustee, Presbyterian Church, Pacific Palisades, California

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