MCLE – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: Reflections on Advocacy and Justice after 21 Years on the Bench

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San Luis Obispo Bar Association


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Justice Tangeman will share insights gleaned from his judicial career, including 15 years on the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court (2001-2016) and 6 years on the Court of Appeal (2016-2022). His presentation will include his opinions of effective (and ineffective) advocacy as well as an insider’s perspective on both the promise and the shortcomings inherent in the justice system as administered by fallible human beings.

Judicial Background:
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Six

On February 22, 2016, he was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, after receiving an “exceptionally well qualified” rating from the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Committee

Judge of the Superior Court, County of San Luis Obispo
July 2001 – February 2016
Presiding Judge (2008-2009)
Assistant Presiding Judge (2006-2007; 2014-2015)
Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments (2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013)

Attorney at Law, private practice for 23 years
Lawyer, Sinsheimer Scheibelhut &Baggett, San Luis Obispo, CA (associate, 1982-1984; partner, 1984-2001)
Lawyer, Ogle, Gallo & Merzon, Morro Bay, CA (associate, 1978-1982)
General civil practice, with an emphasis on business and real property litigation.

Judicial Council of California

Member, Judicial Council of California (2014-2016)
Vice-Chair, Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee Executive Committee (2008-2009)
Member, Trial Court Budget Working Group (2008-2009)
Civil Jury Instructions Advisory Committee (Chair, 2014-present;
Member, 2006-present)

Teaching Experience

Visiting Professor, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
Spring Semester 2013, on American Constitutional Law and Common Law

Spring Semester 2022, An American Civil Procedure

Lecturer, Università degli Studi di Trento, Italy
2011-2012, on American Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law

Faculty, Civil Law Institute, 2015

Faculty/Facilitator, Presiding Judges and CEO Management Program, 2012-2015

Faculty/Facilitator, Supervising Judges Institute, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014