Ronald Marc George, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, announced today (July 14, 2010) his retirement from the bench. George served as the chief justice for the last 14 years, and as a judge for the last 38 years. His retirement will be effective Jan. 2, 2011.
Justice George said the time was right for him to return to private life "My 70th birthday this year focused my attention on a question recently posed by my family: Why file for re-election for another 12-year term, after having authored hundreds of judicial opinions and overseen major administrative reforms in the judicial system ... What more do you hope to accomplish other than refining and preserving what has been achieved?"
He recently received national attention by supporting gay marriage.
George alluded to a trip he made with his European immigrant parents through the American South. There, the signs warning "No Negro" or "No colored" left "quite an indelible impression on me," he said. "I think there are times when doing the right thing means not playing it safe."
Previously, TLR published a profile of the Chief Justice which is enclosed below.
Since starting to investigate the Howard Miller scandal, I also had to examine the role of his friend, the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Ronald George. (As you recall, Ronald George was the one who appointed Howard Miller's confederate, Thomas Girardi, to the California Judicial Council. It is shocking that Justice George, who oversees the State Bar of California, never bother to mention to anyone that the law firm of Girardi & Keese is being investigated by a special master and a special prosecutor at the time Miller was appointed president of the State Bar.)
After law school, George joined the office of the California Attorney General in order to do good, and ever since he has been doing very well, indeed. Apparently, his wife Barbara and his son Eric are also doing well; so don't you worry none about them. Although you may be repulsed, like I am, from the "all you can grab" attitude that they developed through the years.
Barbara George is a member of the California Arts Council, a position to which she was first appointed in 1994 and was subsequently re-appointed in 1999 and 2003 by Gov. Gray Davis. She is also the chair of the California Supreme Court Art Selection Committee. The California Supreme Court Art Selection Committee is in charge of choosing art for display in buildings used by the California Supreme Court.
His son, Eric George, who graduated from law school, may very well be a very capable lawyer. However, he did not resist the temptation to take advantage of the fact that he is the "son of Ronald George" in order to boost his ego and his legal career.
After law school, he somehow managed to secure a position as a deputy legal affair secretary to the Governor of California. He was hired solely due to his qualification. Later, he worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and then back home to Beverly Hills. Currently, he is in private practice in Los Angeles.
Moreover, when researching Ronald George's background, in addition to the expected legal materials, I also kept bumping into stories and pictures of him in social events. Apparently, he decided to assume the role of a fool that San Francisco had once for a mayor-- Willie Brown.
In doing the research, I had to familiarize myself with brands and names that I wasn't familiar with. For example, Tatiana. Apparently she is a super-model. There is a picture of the Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court Ronald George enjoying a conversation after a long day on the bench with the super-model--- Tatiana. He must have approached her thinking she was Bar Rafaeli.
If Tatiana goes to law school, regardless of the job-market, I know one law-firm in San Francisco that will surely extend her an offer. Bar will be hired regardless of membership in any bar. But before that will happen, both will need to refresh their wordrobe with the new collection of local designer extraordinaire, Lily Samii.
In addition to Tatiana and Lily Samii, another brand I had to familiarize myself with is BVLGARI. Took me awhile to understand that the V is actually a U. So there is a picture of Ronald George in BULGARI, BVULGRI, sorry here BVLRAGI store opening in San Francisco. Apparently, it is a luxury store that sells Italian jewelry and watches.
You can see more interesting pictures from the BVLGARI opening by visiting the original site from which I obtained the photos pursuant to the doctrine of fair use : http://sfluxe.com/2010/03/04/bulgari/ .
As usual, Willie Brown was there with his companion, Sonya Molodetskaya.
Someone sent me a picture of Chief Justice Ronald George starring at a blond lady during a gala. I do not recognize the lady.
Nor do I recognize this one: