Brad R Hill
Administrative Presiding Justice
Since 2006



University of California, Hastings College of the Law
J. D. Degree, 1983

Moot Court Board of Directors
Moot Court National Team
Instructor, Moot Court Program


California State University, Fresno
Master of Business Administration Degree, 1979

Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 1979
Dean’s Award (Master’s Program, School of Business), 1979


California State University, Fresno
Bachelor of Science Degree, Business Administration, 1977
magna cum laude

CSUF Outstanding Senior Award (Alumni Association), 1978

Professional Experience

2006 - present Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District
Appointed to the Court of Appeal in 2006
Administrative Presiding Justice (2010-present)
1991 - 2006 Fresno County Superior Court
Appointed to the Superior Court in 1998;
Appointed to the Municipal Court in 1991;
Superior Court Presiding Judge (2003-2004);
Assistant Presiding Judge (2000-2002);
Executive Committee (1998-2006)
1983 - 1991 McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte & Carruth
Partner in this law firm specializing in civil litigation

Judicial Activities and Associations:

Judicial Council of California - Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George and Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to serve as one of 10 trial court judges (2000-2003) and one of three appellate court justices (2007-2010 & 2018-present) on the California Judicial Council, the governing body for all trial and appellate courts in California.

  • Policy Committee (2000-2003, 2007-2010, 2018-present); Vice-Chair (2008-2010, 2020-present)
  • Budget Committee (2018-present)
  • Administrative Presiding Justices Advisory Committee (2011-present)
  • Work Group to Enhance Administrative Standards Addressing Bias in Court Proceedings; Co-Chair (2020-2021)
  • Work Group for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment; Co-Chair (2019-2020)
  • Executive and Planning Committee (2007-2008)
  • Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group, Chairperson (2009-2013)
  • Facilities Use Working Group, Chairperson (2009-2011)
  • Working Group on Court Security (2004-2011)
  • Kleps Award Program Committee (2006-2007)
  • Day on the Bench Steering Committee, Central California Coordinator (2000-2007)
  • Court-County Working Group (2005-2006)
  • Trial Court Executive Management Budget Working Group (2003-2004)
  • Presiding Judges’ Executive Committee (2003-2004)
  • Bench-Bar Coalition (2002-2008)
  • Litigation Committee (2001-2003); Chairperson (2002-2003)
  • Workflow Assessment Committee (1999-2000)
  • Court Profiles Committee (1997-1999); Chairperson (1999)

Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeal (2011-present)
Executive Committee (2015-2022); Vice President (2017-2018); President-elect (2018-2019); President (2019-2020)
Nationwide Association of Presiding Justices and Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal

Judicial Selection Advisory Committee – Central California; Appointed by Governor Newsom (2020 - present)

Court Facilities Advisory Committee, Chairperson (2011-present)
Appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to serve as chair of this committee charged with providing ongoing oversight of the statewide program that maintains, renovates, and builds courthouses.

Task Force on Mental Health and Criminal Justice Issues, Chairperson (2007-2011)
Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as chair of this task force charged with developing strategies and recommending solutions for dealing with mental health issues in the court system.

Commission for Impartial Courts Steering Committee (2007-2010)
Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George as a member of the steering committee charged with guiding the four statewide task forces in their work. The Commission was formed to study and recommend ways to ensure judicial impartiality and accountability. In 2009, I was appointed to the Implementation Committee for the Commission.

California Facilities Transitional Task Force, Chairperson (2004-2007)
Appointed by Chief Justice Ronald George to serve as chair of this task force which developed strategies for the transfer of over 400 court facilities from county to state control, as well as designing long-term plans for the construction of new court facilities.

California Judicial Education Program
Mentor Judge Program, Central California Coordinator (2000-2005)
California Judicial College Faculty (1993; 2004); CJER Civil Trial Faculty (2000)
Presiding Judges Orientation Faculty (2003 & 2005)
Presiding Judge/Court Executive Officer Education Committee (2004-2007)
Satellite Broadcast Committee, Chairperson (2005-2007)

California Judges Association (1991-present);
Board of Directors, (2004-2006); Vice President (2005-2006)
Compensation and Benefits Oversight Committee, Chairperson (1997-1998)

Hastings College of Law Alumni Board of Governors (1991-2005);
Treasurer (1997-1998), Secretary (1998-2002), President-elect (2002-2003),
President (2003-2004)

Fresno State University Alumni Board of Governors (2006-2008)

Central Valley Community Foundation Board of Directors (2006-2015)
Vice-Chair (2013-2015)

Association of Business Trial Lawyers; San Joaquin Valley Chapter
Board of Directors (2004-2013); Vice President (2005-2006), President (2006-2007)

Fresno County Law Library Board of Directors (1991-1997); President (1995-1997)

Bench, Bar, Media Committee, Fresno County Bar Association, Chairperson (1995)

Fresno Philharmonic Board of Directors (1986-1991)

California Law Revision Commission (1990-1991)

Rotary Club of Fresno (1983-present); Board of Directors (1985-1986)

Fresno County Young Lawyers Association Board of Directors (1985-1989);
President (1988)


Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence, (previously called the Jurist of the Year Award) presented in 2011 by the Judicial Council of California.

California Judges Association President’s Award presented in 2006 for “Outstanding Service to the California Judiciary.”

Bernard E. Witkin Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Fresno County Bar Association in 2006.

Bench-Bar Coalition Award presented by the California State Bar in 2005 “in recognition of Judge Hill’s outstanding contributions to the Judicial Branch in California.”

Hastings Law School Alumnus of the Year Award; Fresno Chapter, 2005.

Central California Legal Services Award in 2004 “honoring Judge Hill’s commitment to providing access to the courts to the poor and disadvantaged.”

Fresno County Young Lawyers “Blaine Pettitt Mentor Award,” 1995.