About

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  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice Reform

  • Access to Mental Health Services

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Paul Seeman started his own private practice in 1980 in the San Francisco Bay area, specializing in criminal appeals. At the trial level he also represented children and parents in dependency and delinquency proceedings in Alameda and San Francisco. In 1991, he began serving as a Referee Pro Tem in the Alameda County Juvenile Court under the legendary Presiding Judge Wilmont Sweeney. In 2004, he became a Commissioner in that court, where he worked in both dependency and delinquency assignments, and helped develop a number of pioneering programs, including a dependency Drug Court, a Collaborative Mental Health Court, and a direct-calendaring process for all juvenile cases, and a collaborative Social Services/Probation process for dependency-delinquency crossover cases. In  2009, Paul Seeman was appointed as judge in the Alameda County Superior Court, working in juvenile, drug court, and mental health court assignments. He served on the Judicial Council’s Task Force for Criminal Justice Collaboration on Mental Health Issues, as the vice chair of the CJER Juvenile Law Education Committee, and as Chair of the Alameda County Collaborative Court Committee.

Paul Seeman has taught extensively on juvenile justice issues with the Center for Judicial Education and Research (“CJER”), at other professional conferences and meetings including Beyond the Bench and at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Annual Conference, and as a visiting lecturer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In 2009 he was given the Wilmont Sweeney Award as California Juvenile Court Judge of the Year.

After resigning from the bench in 2013 Paul Seeman founded Kanawha Consulting, and continues his lifetime involvement in legal system reform.