THIS WEEK AT GGBC

11/16- AN INSIDER's LOOK AT THE CA SUPERIOR COURTS with Presiding Judge, John K. Stewart

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ABOUT OUR SPEAKER

Judge Stewart, whose 2-year term began on January 1, 2015, is a veteran leader with experience in many facets of the Court. A member of the bench for 13 years, Judge Stewart has served for two years as Assistant Presiding Judge and as a member of the Court’s Executive Committee for four years. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University, Judge Stewart earned a J.D. from Stanford University. 

The San Francisco Superior Court Bench is comprised of 52 Judges and one Commissioner. After serving in 2014 as Supervising Judge of the Criminal Courts, Judge Stewart currently presides over Civil trials in Department 613. Previously, Judge Stewart has served as: 

  • A 3-year member of the Court’s Appellate Department, which hears and decides appeals from Misdemeanor, Traffic and Limited Civil Jurisdiction cases. 
  • A Criminal Judge who presided over criminal trials from 2001 – December 2006; 
  • A Civil trial Judge from January 2007 – January 2012; and A Juvenile Delinquency Judge for one year. 

Judge Stewart was appointed to the San Francisco Bench in December 2000 after decades of civil litigation experience with the San Francisco law firm of Carroll, Burdick & McDonough, where he served as managing partner from 1986 to 1997. 

With the brunt of the budget cuts impacting the Court’s Civil Division, Judge Stewart’s vision includes changes that should benefit both the Civil Bench and Bar. 

With state funding restorations continuing slowly for the second year, Judge Stewart warned that it will be difficult to commit additional resources to even the most deserving programs. He commended the work of the Probate and Family Law departments, which “continue to do some of the most important work in our Court.” 

As for his management style, Judge Stewart said “creative ideas will always be welcomed.” He said he will continue Judge Lee’s openness and transparent decision-making. He warned that the Court continues to face fiscal peril with a new branch funding formula that reduces the Court’s share of revenue at a time when there has been only incremental state budget restorations for the past two years. However he pledged to keep the Bench informed as they work together to “generate additional sources of revenue and pare down costs and expenses wherever and whenever possible.” 

 

 

GGBC EVENTS CALENDAR

NOVEMBER
11/30- Judge John Stewart

DECEMBER

12/7 - GGBC Bernie Blutman Tribute
12/14- GGBC Annual Christmas Breakfast
12/21- No Meeting
12/28- No Meeting

GGBC ANNUAL BLUE ANGELS BREAKFAST: PHOTOS AND LIVE BROADCAST CLICK HERE.

Live Broadcast for our annual Blue Angels Breakfast, kicking off Fleetweek 2016. At this event it's all about the kids. Thanks to all the members and families who turned out to honor our Navy Aviation Heroes. 10/6/16