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Warren H. Deering

iconDeering, Warren H. LA JOLLA -- Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Warren H. Deering passed away on February 21, 2013. He was 88. A former top official in the California Department of Justice, he was an authority on Administrative Law and Procedure and authored those CEB books for the University of California. He wrote legislation improving Administrative Agency procedures, including California's first Administrative Discovery Act. Judge Deering was born in rural Virginia. He joined the Army Air Corps in June 1941 when barely 17 and was a decorated veteran of combat missions in the Pacific. Upon discharge in 1945, he studied law at Northwestern University where he received his J.D. degree. He was admitted to the California bar in 1951 and earned an LL.M. degree from USC Law School. He joined the Attorney General's office in 1958 where he served as Assistant in Charge of the Los Angeles office and then as Chief Assistant Attorney General. In 1972 he was appointed a Judge of the Los Angeles Judicial District. He was elected to the Superior Court in 1980 where he served as Supervising Judge and presided over major civil trials. Known as a firm handed hard working jurist, he insisted trials be held promptly and efficiently and that litigants be afforded their full day in court. He is survived by his beloved life partner, Joan Nareau, a former Caltrans Legal Division trial lawyer. Private services were held in Virginia, followed by a U.S. Air Force Honor Guard ceremonial.


Published in U-T San Diego from Apr. 28 to May 4, 2013
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