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Bruce Van Voorhis

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U.C. BERKELEY; HASTINGS COLLEGE OF THE LAW  

ALAMEDA COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE  

WINDSURFING, SKIING, COMPUTER PROGRAMING  

(SENSORED)  

MY RECIPE FOR LASAGNA.  

EUROPE, HAWAII, CARIBBEAN, MEXICO, EAST OAKLAND. 

BECOME A FATHER. (AS OF 6/86 ANNIE IS PREGNANT !! ) 

8 times during school after Campolindo and then 8 more times until now (always Bay Area) 

never more than a few miles from Orinda, where I live now 

Univ. of California, Berkeley, BA Econ '70; Univ. of California, Hastings College of the Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence '74 

no 

U.C. Berkeley campus mail carrier 

Senior Trial Deputy District Attorney Alameda County, 1975-1987
Contra Costa County Judge, 1987-2003 

Yes 

September 10, 2003 

1 daughter, 30
1 son, 10 

Most of Western Europe for six months between college and law school
several vacations and many windsurfing excursions to Mexico
a Caribbean vacation
honeymoon in Costa Rica 

backpacked to the empty side of the Greek island of Mykonos (1970) 

Growing up, I would always wish to find love, for good health, and to be a lawyer. I found love (more than once), I had pretty good health, and I got to be a prosecutor in Oakland for about 12 years (California State Bar certification as a Criminal Law Specialist; designated a Special Prosecutor by the Attorney General). In 1986, I was elected judge in Walnut Creek (got divorced), I was re-elected for a second term, and I ran unopposed for a third term, serving over 16 years. After that, I remarried and we moved to Orinda. In 2005, my wife and I had our son, who is now ten.  

Choose one from the following:
I was the prosecutor in a jury trial resulting in a first degree murder guilty verdict.
In 1986, I spent 8 cents per vote in a contested judicial election and then in my re-election campaign in 2002, I refused to accept campaign contributions (except from my mother).
I conducted criminal pretrial hearings (plea bargaining) in open court (not chambers).
I was the presiding judge for more than 500 jury trials (only one reversal on appeal).
I am an expert windsurfer, having over 35 years of experience.
I am an excellent mountain biker, riding several times a week for decades. 

First, I would have enabled myself to have MORE THAN ONE thing that I would have done differently. Secondly and obviously, I should have invested much more in tech stocks. More importantly, I should have tried harder to appreciate other people's lives--their feelings and thoughts. Of course, I wish that I could have always been an ideal husband and father. If I was able to do over more than one thing, I also would have started to study law much earlier than law school and I should have taken more interest in what I was studying besides law. 


Sometimes people think it's always now,
Easily obscuring
That now is a part
Of the forever occurring.

Be aware of your own tiny part,
Adding "now"s together.
Cycling returns you
And your "now" is still forever.