Paul Seeman

Judge in Oakland, California

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Over the course of his career as a judge in the San Francisco Bay Area, Paul Seeman established himself as an expert in juvenile law and juvenile court issues. After completing his bachelor of arts in sociology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he went on to earn his juris doctor at the University of California, Berkeley. Paul Seeman spent the early years of his career, where he focused primarily on criminal and juvenile trials and appeals. He also worked on cases involving international environmental law, immigration law, and disability rights.

In 1991, Paul Seeman accepted an offer to become a juvenile court referee and judge pro tem with the Alameda County Superior Court. After more than a decade in that position, he was hired as a court commissioner in 2004, and eventually became a judge of the Alameda County Superior Court in 2009. In that capacity, Judge Seeman spearheaded a number of innovative juvenile court programs, particularly in bringing collaborative court principles to juvenile drug court and mental health court initiatives.