SACRAMENTO — With almost 11 years on the bench, Butte County Superior Court Judge Robert Glusman is an ethics pro who’s handled drug court, domestic violence reviews, a specialty DUI calendar and felony trials.
Now he can add president of the California Judges Association to his resume. The organization’s executive board elected Glusman, a Governor Gray Davis appointee, in a Sacramento meeting on Tuesday. He will be sworn into a one-year term in office on Oct. 13. He will replace Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Allan Hardcastle.
"I enjoy the people and I enjoy the issues," Glusman said shortly after his election.
The Chico resident, who now serves as a CJA vice president, has already been lobbying legislators this week on three of the organization’s key priorities: securing more state money for courts, reducing the number of peremptory challenges allowed in misdemeanor cases, and settling long-standing issues with the Commission on Judicial Performance, the disciplinary panel that oversees judges.
The governor and Legislature responded Monday with budget plans that include an extra $63 million for California’s courts.
"We got budget dust yesterday, which is certainly not going to put us in the black, but it’s a step in the right direction," Glusman said.
Educating lawmakers on changes to the peremptory challenge process and the CJP will probably take a little more time, the judge added.
Glusman has served on the CJA’s ethics committee since 2007, answering numerous questions from fellow jurists over the past six years.
Glusman is married and has three adult children, including a son who was recently accepted at University of Oregon Law School.
Also elected CJA officers on Tuesday are vice presidents Judge Lisa Lench of Los Angeles County Superior Court and Judge Joan Weber of San Diego County Superior Court. L.A. County Judge Michele Flurer was elected secretary-treasurer.
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