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Chapter Event: Northern California
Venue: Basque Cultural Center
Join the Forensic Expert Witness Association's (FEWA) Northern CaliforniaChapter meeting on July 12 to hear from retired California Superior Court Judge, former California State Senator, Retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge, former San Francisco Supervisor and Mayoral Candidate, former Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and High - Speed Rail Commissioner, Korean War veteran, radio talk show host and television commentator, and namesake of Highway 380, the "Quentin L. Kopp Freeway," none other than Hon. Quentin L. Kopp, delivering "A Trial Court Judge's View of Expert Witnesses." Join us to hear the best practices, most convincing characteristics, and effective expert traits and methods from one of the most experienced, colorful and masterful judges.
Retired California Superior Court Judge Quentin L. Kopp was born in Syracuse, New York and graduated fromDartmouth College in 1949 and Harvard Law School in 1952. From August 1952 until August 1954, he served in theUnited States Air Force, first in the Office of Special Investigation as a Second Lieutenant and thereafter as a First Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps, prosecuting and defending those accused of court-martial offenses. Upon discharge from the Air Force, Kopp became an Assistant Counsel to the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, responsible for elimination of racketeering on Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and New Jersey piers.
Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar in November 1952, the State Bar of California in January 1954, and New York State Bar in May 1955, Kopp was employed as an associate in a San Francisco’s then largest law firm in December 1955, and opened his own office in San Francisco for the general practice of civil and criminal law on April 1, 1959. In November 1971, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and reelected in 1975, 1977, 1980, and 1984. In 1986, he was elected to the California State Senate as the first non-incumbent Independent since 1876, representing the western part of San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. Reelected in 1990 with 70% of the vote and again in 1994, Kopp became the first Independent re-elected to the State Senate as an Independent in California’s history.
On January 2, 1999, Kopp was sworn in a judge of the San Mateo County Superior Court, serving as a general criminal and civil trial judge until 2010. Kopp also served as Chairman of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (1982-1984), President of both the state and local junior bar associations, on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Legal Aid Society and member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. From 1982 until 1992, Kopp was a weekly radio talk show host on KGO-AM, and a weekly political commentator on KTVU-TV from 1992 until 1998. He organized and chaired the Bay Area Super Bowl Task Force, which brought Super Bowl 19 to Stanford Stadium in January 1985, and member of the California High-Speed Rail Authority Board from 2006 until 2011, serving as Chairman from 2006 until 2009. In 1998, Interstate Highway 380 in San Mateo County was renamed the “Quentin L. Kopp Freeway.” Together with Congressman Pete McCloskey, he is co‑author of “Guides to Professional Conduct for the New California Practitioner,” published in 1961 by the State Bar of California.
Judge Kopp is a long-time member and former Board of Trustees member of Congregation Beth Israel-Judea in San Francisco, and President of the Korean War Memorial Foundation, which raised $3,500,000 and dedicated such memorial August 1, 2016 at the Presidio of San Francisco, Judge Kopp is also a board of directors member of the California First Amendment Coalition, “J,” the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California, and the Northern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, and since September 2016, Board of Supervisors appointee to the San Francisco Ethics Commission in September 2016.
From 2010 until 2016, Kopp was a panel member of the American Arbitration Association, acting by appointment as an arbitrator in civil disputes. Since November 2016, Kopp has been, and now is, Of Counsel to the law firm of Furth, Salem, Mason and Li, with offices in San Francisco, Palm Beach, Tampa and Beijing.
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