Judge W. Kearse McGill (he/him/his) is a judge for the California State Bar Court, which is the nation’s only trial and appellate court system dedicated solely to adjudicating attorney discipline cases. He was appointed as a review judge by the California Supreme Court on November 1, 2016, after previously serving eighteen months as a hearing judge for the court. Judge McGill’s earlier legal career includes work as legal counsel to a California state senator. After ten years of private practice, Judge McGill was appointed as a workers’ compensation judge to the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board Stockton District Office on May 2, 2005. On July 1, 2013, he was appointed to the position of Presiding Judge of the Stockton District Office. Additionally, the California State Bar Board of Trustees appointed Judge McGill to the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct in 2013, on which he served until his appointment to the State Bar Court. He also taught for several years as an adjunct professor of law, and he has presented numerous seminars to local, state, and national attorney and judicial organizations, primarily in the subject area of professional responsibility and legal ethics. Before becoming a judge, Judge McGill was a founding member of SACLEGAL (Sacramento Lawyers for the Equality of Gays and Lesbians) and represented many people and organizations in Sacramento’s LGBTQI community.
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