Private practice, San Diego, California, 1974-1993
Nominated to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, May 20, 2010; no Senate vote
California Western School of Law, founded in 1924, is a private, non-profit law school located in San Diego, California. It is popularly known as California Western or Cal Western and formerly California Western University. The school was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1962 and became a member of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1967. It is the oldest law school in San Diego.
According to the ABA, the bar pass rate is 78% for first time takers. California Western ranks very high on the respected National Jurist legal publication's list of Best Schools for Bar Exam Preparation. California Western made it into the list's 2012 coveted top 20.
U.S. Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1993-2011