November 8, 2012
Stanley Boone, '95, will become McGeorge's newest member of the federal bench in mid-December when he is sworn in as a magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California.
Boone, the Evening Division valedictorian of the Class of 1995, will have his chambers in Fresno, where he has served as an assistant U.S. Attorney, Criminal Division, for most of his career. Specializing in financial crimes and terrorism cases, Boone acted as the office's bankruptcy fraud and international coordinator. From 2009 to 2010, he was assigned to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., as its white collar crime coordinator. In June 2010, he returned to the U.S Attorney's Office in Fresno as its white collar crime unit chief.
There are only two district judges in Fresno's federal courthouse, and they handle one of the largest caseloads in the nation. Fresno has four magistrate judges, plus one in Bakersfield and another in Yosemite, in the Central Valley branch of the Eastern District. Boone will replace a retiring magistrate judge.
Magistrate judges have broad authority in cases up until trial, handling criminal arraignments, setting bail and doing much of the initial work in civil trials. They also oversee Social Security appeals, prisoner civil rights cases and other prisoner-related cases.
"Stan Boone brings civil, criminal and administrative experience to the federal bench," U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill told the Fresno Bee in announcing Boone's selection. "At a time when our judicial demands far exceed our judicial resources, we need a person like him who will enter on the fast track."
Boone served as a paralegal specialist and certified law student with the Office of the United States Trustee in while going to law school. He later clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter A. Nowinski in Sacramento.
Other McGeorge alumni who currently serve as magistrate judges include: David Bristow, '93, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; Richard Creatura, '78, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington; and George Foley, '80, and Robert Johnston, '77, U.S. District Court, District of Nevada.