October 31, 2011
Justice Ronald B. Robie, '67, the longest-serving adjunct professor at McGeorge, was named a recipient of the Judicial Council of California's highest honor for a state jurist on Oct. 28, 2011.
A justice of the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, Robie will receive the council's 2011 Ronald M. George Award for Judicial Excellence at the Administrative Office of the Court's awards banquet later this year. The JCC cited Robie for his many contributions to the statewide administration of justice, including his leadership in judicial education. Arthur Scotland, '74, the retired presiding justice of the Third Appellate District, received the council's 2010 award.
Robie has taught water law courses and Environmental Law at McGeorge since 1970 when he was a member of the California State Water Resources Board. While a student at McGeorge in the 1960s, he had drafted significant legislation as a consultant to the Assembly Committee on Water. He later became the director of the state Department of Water Resources.
Robie has served on the Court of Appeal since January 2002. He had been a judge of both the Superior and Municipal Courts of Sacramento County since 1983 and was presiding judge of the Superior Court in 1994–1995. He was named Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2002.
Currently a member of the board of directors of the National Center for State Courts, Robie is the 2010–2011 chair of the California Commission on Access to Justice and the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinions.
Earlier this fall, the California Water Commission voted to name a state water project after Robie. What was the Thermalito Pumping-Generating Plant at Oroville is now the Ronald B. Robie Thermalito Pumping-Generating Plant.