Hon. John W. Kennedy, Jr. (Ret.)

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Family Law

From 1990 to 1993, Judge Kennedy was Supervising Judge of the Family Law Departments in the San Bernardino Courthouse. During that time, he also managed his own direct calendar caseload, handling on average about thirty contested matters a day for 3-1/2 years.

Managing such a voluminous caseload required Judge Kennedy to mediate most of his matters. Averaging at least three mediations a day, Judge Kennedy handled more than 2,000 mediations during his time as Supervising Judge, dealing with the full range of family law issues.

Judge Kennedy was invited to speak at the California Judges Association's Retired Judge Conference in March 2001 on the subject, "Managing Complex Cases."

He also was invited to speak to the American Bar Association in Washington, D.C. in April 2001 on the topic of understanding personality types in mediation.

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • Chair, California Presiding Judges, 1999
  • Dean, California Judges' College, 1992-1994
  • Bernard Jefferson Award, California Judges' Association, 1993
  • Associate Dean, California Judges' College, 1990-1991
  • Publications include: Personality Type and Judicial Decision Making, ABA Judges' Journal, Volume 37, No.3; California Evidence, Attorneys' Briefcase (co-author)
  • ADR Profile: "Accounting for Success," Daily Journal (Verdicts & Settlements), August 13, 2010
  • Taught numerous educational programs relating to decision-making skills to about 2,000 judges nationwide and to 400-500 attorneys at various organizations including The Rutter Group, Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Federal Judicial Center, National Judicial College, American Bar Association, California Center for Judicial Education and Research, California Judges Association, California State Bar Association, Pepperdine Law School and Stanford University

Background and Education

  • Justice Pro Tem, California Court of Appeal, 1984
  • Presiding Judge, San Bernardino County Courts, 1997-1999
  • Judge, San Bernardino County Superior Court, 1984-2000
  • Judge, California Municipal Court, 1980-1984
  • Private Practice, 1963-1964 and 1968-1977
  • Deputy District Attorney, San Bernardino County, 1964-1968 and 1978-1980
  • J.D., Stanford School of Law, 1963 (Law Review); B.A., Stanford University, 1961

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