On behalf of the Alliance of California Judges, I am delighted to announce that Senator John Moorlach, author of SB 656, the “Judicial Fairness Act” (the Alliance-sponsored bill to fix the inequities of JRS-II) will deliver the keynote address at our symposium on judicial pension reform in Sacramento at the Doubletree Suites in Rancho Cordova on Monday, April 24. Located in the metro Sacramento area, this venue is designed especially for judges sitting in Central and Northern California. Two more symposiums will be held in Southern California and the Bay Area (dates to follow).
As a Certified Public Accountant, Mr. Moorlach warned that Orange County’s risky investment strategies would lead to bankruptcy. He was right. Orange County declared bankruptcy in 1994. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Moorlach was appointed Orange County Treasurer. He served two terms during which he became nationally renowned for his bold and effective steps in the county’s recovery from the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history. He went on to serve two terms as Orange County Supervisor before his election to the California Senate. Mr. Moorlach is a recognized expert on public pension reform. His remarks will be of keen interest to all judges.
SB 656 addresses frustration expressed by judges for more than 20 years about the inequities of JRS-II, which denies a pension to any judge who must leave the bench early for health, family or other reasons. This design flaw causes financial hardship and threatens judicial independence. With every unpopular ruling we make, we risk not only the loss of our jobs in the next election, but the loss of our pensions as well.
We will hear from other renowned experts on public pension reform in presentations and panels in the morning, followed by lunch, and the keynote address of Senator Moorlach. This will be followed by a discussion of what we can do to ensure passage of SB 656.
In the afternoon we will be updated on recent CJP actions, including the Alliance response to proposed new rules (attached below), and the amicus brief prepared on behalf of the Alliance in the matter of Judge Clarke (attached below). The California Supreme Court denied review. However, Judge Clarke will be seeking a writ of certiorari from the U.S. Supreme Court. While we therefore cannot comment on a pending case, we will nevertheless learn a great deal about the current posture of the CJP at this not to be missed presentation.
The symposium begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:00 pm. Educational leave is appropriate, as approved by your presiding judge. The cost for all program materials and lunch is just $70. For those who would like to arrive Sunday (or before) we have arranged a terrific room rate of just $124 per night, including free Wi-Fi and parking. There will be a no-host cocktail reception Sunday evening, an opportunity to relax with your colleagues and meet Alliance directors and symposium speakers.
You can learn more about the hotel at:
To register for the symposium, click here to send me an email. I will provide you with payment options, hotel information, and driving directions. I look forward to welcoming you.
Judge John Adams
Judicial Education Coordinator