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Contra Costa County, CA November 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Joel Golub

Candidate for
Superior Court Judge; County of Contra Costa

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My legal background spans 29 years. In 1993 I was appointed the Commissioner for the Walnut Creek Municipal Court. In 1998 I was elevated to Superior Court Commissioner.

During my nine years as Superior and Municipal Court Commissioner I have judged over 2,000 criminal and civil cases. I earned the respect of the Superior Court Judges when they appointed me and many of the same Judges and others have endorsed my candidacy because of my service and experience.

In 1994 I created a juvenile diversion program for first time drug and alcohol offenders in the Walnut Creek/Danville Municipal Court. In 1998 I helped establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Walnut Creek Superior Court. In 2001 I helped to set up the first Small Claims mediation program in Walnut Creek. I continue to provide judicial leadership by streamlining administrative bureaucracy and providing the public with the highest quality service and access to the courts.

I am the only candidate in this race with previous full time experience on the bench. In 1999, and again in 2001, the Contra Costa County Bar Association nominated me as pro bono Judge of the Year. In addition to my full calendar, I also teach law to Judges at the California Judicial Education Studies Program, teach law to attorneys through the Contra Costa County Bar Association and have taught law students as a professor for more than 20 years. I have the most experience to serve you now as your Superior Court Judge.

My significant legacy of public service and community involvement has earned me numerous awards and honors for outstanding contributions to youth programs, the court system and helping those in our community who cannot afford legal services.

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