Judge Thomas Reardon, Superior Court of California, County of Alameda
Newly assigned to probate, Judge Reardon has sat on the bench since 1998. In his spare time he is active in the local theatre community, landing roles in “Anything Goes” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”
Q&A with the Judge:
What did you do before becoming a lawyer?
I worked various jobs to put myself through college and law school but had no particular career prior. Jobs included resident assistant, waiter, bus boy, office manager and resort employee.
What is a skill/practice you learned in that line of work that you’ve applied to your legal career?
I think I developed general life skills in working with and for others, for instance the ability to work collaboratively, the ability to develop commonsense solutions, the craft of presenting oneself in a public setting with a measure of coherence and persuasiveness, etc.
What are your hobbies?
On nights and weekends, I am a singer and an actor.
What is one thing all new lawyers need to know about practicing law?
There is a difference between zealous advocacy in behalf of one’s client and letting the client’s wishes overwhelm the lawyer’s sense of professionalism, ethics and decorum. Remember: it’s always your credibility (and bar card) on the line, not necessarily theirs.
Would you like to share anything else? Don’t be shy…
I’ve never been accused of being shy. I look forward to meeting everyone in April.
Dine with a judge lunches provide the unique chance to enjoy lunch and casual conversation with some of the Bay Area’s premier judges. Reserve your spot today, as space is limited to 10.
Sound intimidating? It isn’t! All participating judges enjoy reaching out to newer attorneys to share their experience, answer questions, and offer courtroom war stories. As an added benefit, a member of the ACBA Barristers Executive Committee will be on hand to moderate and fill in as needed.
Friday, April 29, 2016 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Berkeley Courthouse, 2120 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Berkeley
This event is not eligible for credit
$25 ACBA Barristers Section Members; $40 Non Member Barristers
Mail check (payable to “ACBA”) to:
ACBA, Attn: Dine with a Judge, 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607