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[LEGAL] Ming W. Chin (Associate Justice)

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    Associate Justice Ming W. Chin CURRICULUM VITAE http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/justices/chin.htm On March 1, 1996, Justice Ming W. Chin became an
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8, 2004
      Associate Justice Ming W. Chin
      CURRICULUM VITAE
      http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/justices/chin.htm

      On March 1, 1996, Justice Ming W. Chin became an Associate Justice
      of the Supreme Court of California. Governor Pete Wilson appointed
      him to that position on January 25, 1996. On March 1, he was
      confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments and sworn in by
      the Governor. Justice Chin previously served as the Presiding
      Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Three, in
      San Francisco beginning January 2, 1995. He was appointed to that
      position by Governor Pete Wilson on August 17, 1994, and in November
      1994 was elected to a 12-year term. Previously he was an associate
      justice of that court, having been appointed to that position by
      former Governor George Deukmejian. Prior to that appointment, he
      served as a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court. Before his
      appointment to the bench, Justice Chin was a partner in an Oakland
      law firm, where he specialized in business and commercial litigation.

      Justice Chin obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in political
      science as well as a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University
      of San Francisco and was admitted to the California State Bar in
      1970; he also has been admitted to practice before the federal
      courts, as well as the United States Tax Court. After he graduated
      from law school, Justice Chin served two years as a Captain in the
      United States Army, including a year in Vietnam, where he was
      awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star. He then
      served three years as a deputy district attorney for Alameda County,
      where he tried numerous felony and misdemeanor jury trials and
      progressed to the position of felony trial deputy.

      In 1973, Justice Chin was recruited by the Oakland law firm of
      Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Incorporated, to head its trial
      department. He became a principal of the firm in 1976. His
      successful trials include two judgments in excess of one million
      dollars. The first was a $1.3 million judgment in an unfair
      competition/ wrongful termination case in the Alameda County
      Superior Court, and the second was a $1.2 million award in an
      arbitration of a construction dispute in Los Angeles.

      Justice Chin has served on many committees of the state and local
      bar associations and was the first Asian-American to serve as
      President of the Alameda County Bar Association in its more than 100-
      year history. He was a member of the Judicial Council Appellate
      Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic
      Bias. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the
      University of San Francisco, where he was a member of the Executive
      Committee and chaired the Academic Affairs Committee. He was also a
      member of the USF Law School Board of Counselors and an Adjunct
      Professor of Law. The USF Alumni Association presented him a
      distinguished service award in 1985 for his work as a past president
      of that organization. In 1988, he was selected as the USF Alumnus of
      the Year; in 1993, he was named USF Law School Alumnus of the Year;
      and in 1996 USF Law School presented him with the St. Thomas More
      Award. Justice Chin was selected as the Outstanding Judge of the
      Year in 1989 by the Southern Alameda County Bar Association. The San
      Francisco Bay Chapter of the American Jewish Committee named him
      recipient of the 1997 Learned Hand Award. In 1998 he served as
      President of the Commonwealth Club of California.

      Justice Chin has authored landmark decisions in areas such as DNA,
      toxic tort insurance coverage, surrogate parents, and hate crimes.
      He has frequently lectured on DNA, genetics, and the courts, to
      groups including the Orange County Inns of Court, the University of
      San Francisco Inn of Court, the National College of Probate Judges,
      and the Wisconsin Supreme Court Judicial Education Committee. He is
      currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Einstein
      Institute for Science, Health and the Courts and an executive
      committee member of the American Bar Association Appellate Judges'
      Conference. In 1994 he delivered the Lou Ashe Lecture at McGeorge
      School of Law in Sacramento, California. He is a frequent lecturer
      in judicial education and gave the Traynor Lecture at the Witkin
      Judicial College in June 1996. He also spoke on behalf of the
      California Supreme Court in December 1996 at its memorial session
      honoring the late Bernard E. Witkin. He is an author of California
      Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group 2001).

      Business Address: 350 McAllister Street, Room 1295
      San Francisco, California 94102
      (415) 865-7000

      PERSONAL DATA
      Born: August 31, 1942
      Klamath Falls, Oregon

      EDUCATION

      Bellarmine College Preparatory, 1960
      San Jose, California

      University of San Francisco
      B.A., Political Science, 1964

      University of San Francisco, School of Law
      Juris Doctorate, Law, 1967




      CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

      Supreme Court of California
      Associate Justice appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, January 25, 1996
      Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, March 1, 1996
      Oath of Office, March 1, 1996
      Elected, 12-year term, November 1998




      PAST EMPLOYMENT

      Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Presiding Justice
      Appointed by Governor Pete Wilson, August 17, 1994
      Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 29, 1994
      Oath of Office, December 2, 1994
      Elected, 12-year term, November 1994

      Court of Appeal, First District, Division Three, Associate Justice
      Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, August 7, 1990
      Confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, August 20, 1990
      Oath of Office, August 20, 1990
      Elected, 12-year term, November 1990

      Alameda County Superior Court, Judge
      Appointed by Governor George Deukmejian, January 6, 1988
      Oath of Office, January 8, 1988
      Elected, 6-year term, November 1990

      United States Army, Captain (1967 - 1969)

      Fort Lewis, Washington
      Chief of the Transfer Station
      U.S. Army Personnel Center
      Fort Carson, Colorado
      Chief Personnel Officer
      1st Brigade of the 5th Division

      Long Binh, Vietnam
      Procurement Officer
      U.S. Army Headquarters, Vietnam

      United States Army Reserves, Captain (1969 - 1971)

      91st Division, Headquarters
      Fort Baker
      Sausalito, California
      Alameda County, California
      Deputy District Attorney, 1970 - 1972

      Aiken, Kramer & Cummings, Inc.
      Associate, 1973 - 1976
      Partner, 1976 - 1988
      (Specialized in business litigation and employment law counseling
      and litigation)

      PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
      California Judges Association
      Member, 1988 - present
      Member, Public Information and Education Committee
      Graduate, California Judges College, 1988

      Judicial Council of California
      Member, Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Bias, 1990 - 1997
      Member, Appellate Advisory Committee, 1993 - 1996

      American Bar Association
      Member
      Member, National Conference of Bar Presidents
      Member, Appellate Judges Conference Task Force on Unreported Opinions

      State Bar of California
      Delegate, Conference of Delegates, 1983 - 1986
      Referee, State Bar Court, 1978, 1979
      Member, Executive Committee of the State Bar Court, 1993 - 1994

      Alameda County Bar Association
      Member, Board of Directors, 1983 - 1988
      Vice-President, 1986
      President, 1987

      San Francisco District Attorney's Commission on Hate Crimes
      Member, 1990 - 1992

      Asian American Bar Association
      Installation Dinner Speaker - February 1995

      Beverly Hills Bar Association
      Installation Dinner Speaker - October 1998

      COMMUNITY SERVICE

      University of San Francisco
      Member, Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society
      Editor, USF Yearbook, 1964 (The Don)
      Member, USF Alumni Board of Governors, 1978 - 1984
      President, USF Alumni Association, 1983 - 1984
      Member, Board of Counselors, USF School of Law, 1980 to present
      Commencement Speaker, College of Professional Studies, May 1985
      Member, USF Board of Trustees, 1985 - 1997
      Member, Personnel Committee, 1985 - 1988
      Member, Executive Committee, 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1998
      Member, Academic Affairs Committee, 1988 - 1998; Chairman of the
      Committee, 1993 - 1998
      Adjunct Professor of Law, 1989 - 1993

      Commonwealth Club of California
      Member since 1978
      Member, Program Committee, 1992 - present
      Chairman of the Committee, 1995
      Member, Board of Governors, 1993 - present
      Chairman of the Executive Committee, 1996
      President-elect, 1997
      President, 1998

      First District Agricultural Association
      Member, Board of Directors, 1985 - 1988

      Einstein Institute for Science, Health & the Courts
      Member, Board of Directors, 2000 - present

      AWARDS AND HONORS

      McQuade Award for Journalism, USF, 1964

      U.S. Army Commendation Medal, Quang Tri, Vietnam, 1969

      The Bronze Star (U.S. Army), Long Binh, Vietnam, 1969

      Distinguished Service Award, USF Alumni Association, April 1985

      Alumnus of the Year, USF, 1988

      Appointed by California Governor George Deukmejian as a Member of
      the Board of Directors, First District Agricultural Association,
      1985-1988

      Outstanding Judge of the Year, 1989, Southern Alameda County Bar
      Association

      Alumnus of the Year, USF School of Law, 1993

      St. Thomas More Award, USF School of Law, 1996

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Southwestern University School of Law, 1996

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Golden Gate University School of Law, 1997

      Learned Hand Award, American Jewish Committee, SF Bay Chapter, 1997

      Honoree for Service in the Field of Law, Chinese Consolidated
      Benevolent Association & Chinese Women's Association of America, 1997

      Legal Impact Award, Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern
      California, 1997

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, University of San Diego School of Law, 1998

      Honorary Doctor of Laws, Western State University School of Law, 1998

      Citizen of the Year Award, Chinese Americans United for Self
      Empowerment, 1998

      Public Service & Government Leadership Award, Asian Business
      Association, 1998

      Trailblazer Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association,
      1999

      Grand Marshall, San Gabriel Valley Lunar New Year Parade, 2000

      PUBLICATIONS

      California Judges Association/The Rutter Group Employment Litigation
      1996 Program Syllabus

      Keynote Address: "Fairness or Bias?: A Symposium on Racial and
      Ethnic Composition and Attitudes in the Judiciary" (May 1997) 4
      Asian Law Journal (Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley) 181

      California Practice Guide: Employment Litigation (The Rutter Group,
      2001)

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      BIOGRAPHY
      http://goldsea.com/Personalities/Brilliant/brilliant2.html

      Ming Chin's 1996 appointment to the seven-seat California Supreme
      Court marked an almost inevitable milestone in a pioneering legal
      career. Chin had distinguished himself as a capable business
      litigation trial lawyer at a time when few Asian Americans had begun
      entering the legal profession. That led to his appointment to the
      Alameda County Superior Court. In November of 1994 he was elected to
      a 12-year-term as Presiding Justice of the First District Court of
      Appeals, Division Three, positioning him to be tapped to the state's
      highest court by Governor Pete Wilson. Ming Chin was born August 31,
      1942 in Klamath Falls, Oregon. He received his law degree in 1967
      from the University of San Francisco's Hastings School of Law and
      passed the bar in 1970 after a two-year stint as an Army officer,
      including a year in Vietnam. His first job as a lawyer was
      prosecuting felonies and misdemeanors with the Alameda County D.A.'s
      office. Chin is a recognized authority on the use of DNA evidence.


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      MING W CHIN
      http://goldsea.com/TAAP/A-E/chinm.html

      Profession: Justice
      Birthplace: Klamath Falls, Oregon
      Position: Associate Justice of California Supreme Court

      Before Ming W. Chin was appointed to the Supreme Court of California
      on March 1, 1996 by Governor Pete Wilson had served as the Presiding
      Justice of the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
      Justice Chin received his B.A. in political science as well as a
      doctorate of jurisprudence from the University of San Francisco.
      After graduating law school in 1967 he served two years as a Captain
      in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam as a procurement
      officer, where he was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and the
      Bronze Star. He then served three years as a deputy D.A. before
      joining the Oakland law firm of Aiken, Kramer & Cummings. Justice
      Chin headed the firm's trial department and specialized in business
      and commercial litigation. His two most successful trials included
      judgements in excess of $1 million. Nowadays, he conducts lectures
      on the subject of DNA evidence. He lives with his wife, Carol, in
      the City of Alameda with their two children, Jennifer and Jason.

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      Profile of Justice Ming W. Chin
      http://www.appellate-counsellor.com/profiles/chinmw.htm

      Court: California Supreme Court
      Appointed by: Governor Wilson, March 1996
      Born: August 31, 1942 in Klamath Falls, Oregon

      Education: BA, USF 1964; JD, USF 1967

      Law Practice: Aiken Kramer & Cummings, Oakland CA (1973-88); Alameda
      County Deputy District Attorney (1970-72)

      Judicial Appointments: Appointed to California Supreme Court, March
      1, 1996; First District Court of Appeal (1990-96); Alameda County
      Superior Court (1988-90)
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