Monday, June 21, 2010
Chief Justice Appoints Keith Davis to Judicial Council
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Chief Justice Ronald M. George on Friday announced the appointment of San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Keith D. Davis to the Judicial Council of California, the policymaking body for the state courts.
Davis will begin a one-year term as an advisory member of the Judicial Council when he takes office as the new president of the California Judges Association on Sept. 26. He will succeed Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael P. Vicencia, the current CJA president.
Chaired by the chief justice, the Judicial Council consists of 14 judicial members appointed by the chief justice, four attorney members appointed by the State Bar Board of Governors, one member from each house of the Legislature, and 11 advisory members, including the CJA president. Administrative Director of the Courts William C. Vickrey serves as secretary to the council.
Davis was appointed to the San Bernardino Superior Court in 1997 by then-Gov. Pete Wilson and hears civil cases at the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse. He has served three terms as presiding judge of the court’s appellate division and has participated on the court’s Executive, Budget, Rules, and Human Relations committees.
Before joining the bench, he was in private law practice for 10 years and also served as a deputy district attorney in the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for two years.
Davis attended Golden Gate University School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar in 1983.
A former president of the California Judges Foundation, he is an advisory member of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, president of the San Bernardino County Law Library Board of Trustees, and the Inland Empire chair of the Georgetown University Alumni Admission Program. In 2008, Davis began a three-year term on the CJA executive board and now serves as one of two CJA vice-presidents.
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