Ronald B. Robie
Court of Appeal, 3rd Appellate District
Ronald B. Robie has served as an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, since 2002. Previously he served as a judge of both the Sacramento Superior and Municipal Courts. He was presiding judge from 1994 to 1995. He was named “Judge of the Year” by the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2002.
Justice Robie currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Center for State Courts. He was the Chair for 2010 of the California Commission on Access to Justice and the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Advisory Opinions.
He has taught water law and environmental law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law since 1970. He is Chair of the Governing Committee of the California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) and has taught at many institutes and programs conducted by CJER, including a course on the California Environmental Quality Act.
Prior to assuming the bench, he was a leader in California water matters. He served from 1975 to 1983 as Director of the California Department of Water Resources and from 1969 to 1975 as a member and Vice Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. He is a co-convener of “Dividing the Waters,” an educational project for water judges, masters and referees affiliated with the National Judicial College.
Justice Robie received his bachelor’s (1958, with honors) and master’s degrees in journalism (1960) from the University of California, Berkeley, and his law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (1967), with highest honors.