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The Honorable Laurence D. Kay

1st District Court of Appeal, Department retired (website)

Court Info

1st District Court of Appeal, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Laurence D. Kay (Ret.) served as a justice for the First District Court of Appeal in California. He was initially appointed to the Municipal Court of San Francisco by former governor Jerry Brown in 1981. Two years later, he was elevated to the Superior Court of San Francisco County. Then, in 2001, he was appointed to the California Court of Appeal by former governor Gray Davis. He retired from the bench in 2005.

Kay earned a B.S. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958. He briefly worked as a field administrator in a construction business before continuing his studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a J.D. in 1963.

He began his legal career as an associate with Livingston, Grant, Stone, and Kay. He stayed with the firm until his appointment to the bench in 1981.

His memberships have included the California Judges Association, the Judicial Council of California, and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers.

He has served as chair of the Judicial Council Rules and Procedures Committee as well as vice-chair of the Judicial Council Policy Coordination and Liaison Committee.

Kay is a recipient of the Trial Judge of the Year Award from the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association (1994) and the Appellate Justice of the Year Award from the Consumer Attorneys of California (2004).

He was born in San Francisco, California.

He is registered as a Democrat.

In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, golfing, sailing, and scuba diving.

Education

J. D. from University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law (1963)

B.S. from University of California, Berkeley (1958) (Economics)

Career

Justice at First District Court of Appeal (2000 to 2005)

Judge at Superior Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1983 to 2000)

Judge at Municipal Court of California in San Francisco County, California (1981 to 1983)

Associate at Livingston, Grant, Stone and Kay in San Francisco County, California (1963 to 1981)

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