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Tuesday, February 26, 2013


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State Supreme Court Names Two to CJP


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The State Supreme Court yesterday named Court of Appeal Presiding Justice Ignazio J. Ruvolo of the First Districtís Div. Four and Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Thomas M. Maddock to the Commission on Judicial Performance.

A court spokesperson said in a release that Ruvolo would take office May 1, succeeding Presiding Justice Judith D. McConnell of the Fourth Districtís Div. One, and that Maddock would begin serving on April 1, succeeding Orange Superior Court Judge  Frederick P. Horn.

McConnell and Horn are stepping down due to term limits, Horn after more than nine years on the commission and McConnell after more than eight years. Both are former chairs of the commission.

Their successorsí terms will expire Feb. 28, 2017.

Ruvolo has served on the Court of Appeal since 1996 and as presiding justice since 2006. Prior to his appointment to the appellate bench, he was a Contra Costa Superior Court  judge.

Currently serving on the State Bar Commission on Revision of Rules of Professional Conduct and the San Francisco Bar Associationís Ethics Committee,  Ruvolo has been a member, vice-chair, and chair of the California Judges Associationís Judicial Ethics Committee, a member of the American Bar Associationís Litigation Section Committee on Professional Responsibility, chair and special advisor to the State Bar of Californiaís Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct.

He has been a member of the Judicial Councilís Task Force on Jury Instructions, Advisory Committee on Civil and Small Claims Actions, Appellate Advisory Committee, and the Center for Judicial Education and Researchís Planning Committee and California Judicial College.

Before being appointed to the bench, Ruvolo was a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and an attorney with a Bay Area law firm. He is currently an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law and an emeritus member of the Robert G. McGrath American Inns of Court.

Maddock has served on the Contra Costa Superior Court since his appointment in 1998. His primary assignment is felony trials and he served as an unlimited civil trial judge, felony calendar judge, and juvenile court judge. He is a former supervising judge of the court. 

He has also served on the Judicial Council, and is currently a member of the councilís Advisory Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency for the Judicial Branch and the Court Emergency Response and Security Task Force. He previously sat on the Trial Court Budget Working Group and served as a faculty member for the Center for Judicial Education and Research.

Maddock was as deputy district attorney for Contra Costa and El Dorado counties, public advisor to the California Energy Commission, deputy director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, chief deputy director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and undersecretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard on active duty and in the reserves, and was honored with the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.


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