Hon. Thadd A. Blizzard

Thadd A. Blizzard is a judge for the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on March 27, 2009 to succeed Gail Ohanesian.

Professional Experience:

Superior Court Judge, Sacramento, CA (2009 to present)
Certified Specialist in Appellate Law, State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization (2009)
Weintraub Genshlea Chediak law corporation, Sacramento, CA
Shareholder (1991-2009)
Senior Litigator, handling all aspects of complex civil trials and appeals in state and federal courts, as well as binding arbitrations
Member of Firm’s Executive Committee, Head of Litigation Section (1998-2004)
Chair of Writs and Appeals Practice Group (2004 to 2009)
Weintraub Genshlea Hardy Erich & Brown law corporation, Sacramento, CA
Associate (1987 to 1990)
Litigation Associate, handling complex civil litigation, arbitrations and appeals
Greenberg, Cantor & Reiss, New York, NY
Associate (1986-1987)
Litigation Associate, handling state and federal complex civil litigation, arbitrations and appeals
Law Offices of Stuart A. Jackson, New York, NY
Associate (1983-1986)
Litigation Associate, handling state and federal complex civil trial litigation, U.S. and international arbitrations, and appeals
Grant, Herrmann, Schwartz & Klinger, New York, NY
Associate (1980 to 1982)
Transactional Associate, handling U.S. and international business transactions, intellectual property, real estate and probate matters
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, San Francisco (1978-1979)
Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Joseph A. Rattigan
Assisted in researching and writing bench memoranda for all assigned criminal and civil appeals and writs

Education:

Undergraduate:
Claremont McKenna College
B.A., cum laude, departmental honors (Literature) 1975

Law Schools:
McGeorge School of Law (University of the Pacific)
J.D., 1978
Law Review Editor
Jessup International Moot Court Team Member, Best Brief Regionals

New York University School of Law
LL.M., 1980 (International Legal Studies)
Law Review Editor (N.Y.U. Journal of International Law & Politics)
Walter Herzfeld Fellowship

Other Post-Graduate Education:

Claremont Graduate University
M.A. (Literature) 1979

Columbia University
M.Phil. (Comparative Literature) 1983
Full President’s Fellowship

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (D.A.A.D), 1982-1983
Study Abroad Exchange Program in Germany for Lawyers, all Instruction in German – Full Fellowship

Admissions to Practice (all in good standing until 2009 appointment to bench):

State Bar of California (1978)
State Bar of New York (1980)
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (1978)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (1985)
U.S. Circuit Court for the Second Circuit (1987)
U.S. Supreme Court (1987)
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California (1989)
U.S. Circuit Court for the Ninth Circuit (1989)
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California (2008)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California (2008)

Recent Law-Related Teaching and Presentations:

McGeorge School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, “Global Legal Skills II” (2010-2012, 2014-2016) Year-long required second-year course on written and oral advocacy in trial and appellate courts.

McGeorge School of Law, Adjunct Faculty, “Family Law” (2015-16) Semester-long course; team-teaching with Professor John E.B. Myers

Judicial Presenter: “Law and Order as Seen by You,” for high school students visiting the Sacramento Superior Court (2015, 2016).

Keynote Speaker, Graduation Dinner, McClatchy Law and Public Policy Academy (2016).

Panelist, June 2016 Sacramento County Bar Association presentation on Termination of Parental Rights

”As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce” (Dec. 2014) Day-long MCLE Presentation with Judges Garry T. Ichikawa, James M. Mize, Cynda Unger and Kathleen M. White.

”Ethics and Lawyer Law – What You Need To Know Now and in the Year To Come” (Nov. 2014), presentation to the Capitol City Trial Lawyers Association, with Betsy Kimball and Hon. Kevin Culhane.

“Administrative Writs of Mandamus” (Nov. 2014) Day-long MCLE Presentation with several Sacramento attorneys.

“The First 200 Days in Department 122” (Sept. 2013) Spoke to the Family Law Section of the Sacramento County Bar, giving thoughts and impressions of my experiences upon starting to preside in a family law department.

“Understanding SLAPPs: Process and Procedure from Initiation through Appeal,” (Oct. 2013) Day-long MCLE presentation in San Francisco, with other judges (Callahan, J., Ninth Cir.; Pollak, J.,1st DCA; Busch, J., S.F. Superior) and two attorneys, covering Anti-SLAPP practice at the trial and appellate levels, in state and federal court.

“Family Court Judicial Forum,” (Nov. 2013) Day-long MCLE presentation in Sacramento, with two other family court judges (Mize and Roman) and one attorney, covering numerous issues relating to practice and procedure in family court.

September 2012, Presentation to the Capitol City Trial Lawyer’s Association on Ethics (with Betsy Kimball, Esq.)

January 2012, Presentation to Women Lawyers of Sacramento on Ethics and Civility.

Moot Court and Mock Trial Judging:

Coach and Judge, CSUS Judicial Fellows Mock Appeal Program (2015), with Third District Court of Appeal Justices Elena Duarte and Louis Mauro

Judge, National Ethics Moot Court Competition (2007, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)

Judge, Pacific McGeorge Mock Trial Competition (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014)

Judge, UC Davis King Hall Frances N. Carr Competition (2009, 2012, 2013)

Judge, California High School Moot Court Competition (2013)

Judge, California High School Mock Trial Competition (2010, 2011, 2012)

Judge, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition (2012)

Judge, Roger J. Traynor California Appellate Moot Court Competition (2009), U. of San Francisco Law School

Judge, University of California at Davis, School of Law, Refugee and Asylum Moot Court Competition, Judge (2009)

Judge, University of California at Davis, School of Law, Judge, Appellate Advocacy Class (2007)

Judge, McGeorge Appellate and International Advocacy Class, Final Oral Argument Judge (2006-2008)