Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)

Judge James P. Gray (ret.) was raised in the Los Angeles area by his parents, Elizabeth Gray and U.S. District Judge William P. Gray. He graduated from John Muir High School in Pasadena in 1962, received his undergraduate degree at UCLA in 1966, and received his law degree from USC in 1971. Judge Gray also served with the Peace Corps in Palmar Norte, Costa Rica, where he taught physical education, recreation and health from 1966 to 1968.
 
From 1972 until 1975, Judge Gray was a staff judge advocate and criminal defense attorney for the U.S. Navy JAG Corps at the naval air stations in Guam and Lemoore, California. While in the service, he was awarded national defense, Vietnam service and combat action ribbons.
 
For about 3.5 years, Judge Gray was a federal prosecutor with the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles, where he eventually headed a unit that prosecuted various frauds against the VA, FHA and other federal agencies.
 
After working for 5 years in private practice in Newport Beach in civil litigation with the law firm of Wyman, Bautzer, Rothman & Kuchel, Judge Gray was appointed by Governor Deukmejian to the Santa Ana Municipal Court in December of 1983, where he was active in trying to combat the major problem of drunk driving and other alcohol-related offenses. He was awarded a commendation from the Orange County Board of Supervisors for these efforts in 1990.
 
Judge Jim Gray was elevated by Governor Deukmejian to the Orange County Superior Court in July of 1989, where he received awards as the 1992 “Judge of the Year” by the business litigation section of the Orange County Bar Association, the 1995 “Judge of the Year” by the Orange County Constitutional Rights Foundation, and an honorary Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Western State University College of Law, and honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Chapman University School of Law. He retired after 25 years on the bench in January of 2009 and now works in private mediation for ADR Services, Inc. in Irvine.
 
Judge James P. Gray has been a member of the California Judicial Council, the Alcohol Advisory Board to the Orange County Board of Supervisors, the Advisory Board to the California Department of Alcohol & Drug Programs, the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Center of Orange County and the Orange County Law Library, and he has served as an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Orange County Superior Court. He also was the founding president of the William P. Gray chapter of the American Inns of Court; a member of the board of councilors of the USC Law School; a member of the Committee on Juvenile Justice for the California Judicial Council; and a founder of Peer Court, which adjudicates real juvenile cases in numbers of Orange County’s high schools using students as jurors.
 
Judge Gray is married to Dr. Grace Walker Gray and has four children, including an adopted Vietnamese son. He is a member of the Methodist Church and lives in Newport Beach, California. He is the author of Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It – A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs (Temple University Press, 2001), Wearing the Robe: The Art and Responsibilities of Judging in Today’s Courts (Square One Press, 2009), and A Voter’s Handbook: Effective Solutions to America’s Problems (The Forum Press, 2010). He is also the author of the high school musical Americans All (Heuer Publishing). Judge Gray writes a column about the issues of our day for the Daily Pilot newspaper that appears every Sunday.
 
For more information about Judge James P. Gray, please visit his website at www.judgejimgray.com.

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