Next MGO Meeting: Tuesday, June 18th

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MGO is honored to welcome three esteemed members of the Alameda County Superior Court for our next meeting to examine whether there is a school-to-prison pipeline, and if so, how can it be closed.

The meeting will begin on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30pm in the Family Roomof the Montclair Presbyterian Church at 5701 Thornhill Drive in Oakland.

To ensure that the meeting runs promptly and to be respectful of the time of both our guests and other audience members, please arrive on time, keep questions focused and concise, keep disruptions to a minimum, and limit comments to informal conversation after the official program is over. 

The Hon. Charles A. Smiley, III is the presiding judge of the Alameda County Juvenile Court, where he was appointed in 2012 by former Governor Jerry Brown. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. After earning his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1997, Smiley joined the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, where he served as a deputy public defender for ten years. In 2007, Smiley was named a court commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court and held that position until his appointment to the bench in 2012.

The Hon. Lupe C. Garcia was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2016. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Cecilia P. Castellanos (ret.). She is registered without party preference. Judge Garcia graduated with her B.A. in public policy from Occidental College. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1995.

The Hon. Scott Jackson was elected to the bench in 2016. Judge Jackson graduated with his B.A. in political science and history from Williams College in 1992. He went on to earn his J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1997.  Before entering civil practice in 2011, he was an Alameda County Deputy District Attorney.

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