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Justice H. Walter Croskey to Receive 1998 Outstanding Jurist Award   

Croskey.jpg Los Angeles, January 31, 1998 - Associate Justice H. Walter Croskey of the California Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District, Division Three) has been named the 1998 Outstanding Jurist by the Los Angeles County Bar Association Board of Trustees. The Outstanding Jurist Award will be formally presented to Croskey at a luncheon scheduled this May.

The award is given each year to a current or past member (within the past two years) of the federal or state judiciary in Los Angeles County who has made significant contributions from the bench through his/her judicial ability and experience; judicial temperament and demeanor; knowledge of the law; contribution to the improvement or education of the legal community; contribution to the practice of law and the community at large; and dedication and diligence.

Justice Croskey, who was first appointed by Governor Deukemejian in 1987, previously served on the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1985 to 1987. Prior to this, he worked in private practice for 23 years. He has been an active member of the legal community in various organizations, including the Los Angeles County Bar Association where he served as a Board of Trustee from 1984 to 1986. He has served as the Chair of the California Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Trial Court Funding from 1990-92. His other memberships include the California Judges Association, State-Federal Judicial Council, and the American Judicature Society. In addition, he has served on numerous panels and written numerous articles on insurance litigation among other topics.

Born in Los Angeles, Croskey was recognized with the Bernard S. Jefferson Award for distinguished service in judicial education from the California Judges Association in 1992. Croskey also was honored with the Roger J. Traynor Memorial Award (Appellate Justice of the Year) by the Los Angeles Trial Lawyers Association in 1993.

Croskey received his LL. B. from the University of Southern California Law School in 1958.

This is the County Bar’s nineteenth recipient of the Award. Prior recipients include: Judges William B. Keene, John A. Loomis, Charles H. Woodmansee, Harry L. Hupp, William P. Gray, Gordon Ringer, William J. Rea, Bonnie Lee Martin, Norman L. Epstein, Pamela Ann Rymer, Robert I. Weil, Robert T. Altman, Richard P. Byrne, Candace Cooper, Paul Boland, Dickran Tevrizian, A. Wallace Tashima, and Judith C. Chirlin, who was honored last year.

The Los Angeles County Bar Association (http://www.lacba.org) is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 23,000 attorneys. The County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice, promoting many public service projects, and meeting the professional needs of lawyers.