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Maureen Dear is a writer and researcher above all else. Before joining the California Appellate Law Group, she spent eight years as a research attorney in the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District. In that time, she analyzed hundreds of appeals for a variety of justices, including two who were later elevated to the California Supreme Court, the Hon. Kathryn Mickle Werdegar and the Hon. Carol Ann Corrigan.
After her time working on the Court of Appeal, Maureen became a research attorney with JAMS, where she would analyze legal and factual issues and draft arbitration awards in complex civil cases. She also worked with then-retired California Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas to review and critique the briefing of attorneys appearing in California’s appellate courts, and to advise attorneys preparing petitions for review in the California Supreme Court.
In 2014, Maureen was hired by the parties involved in the PG&E San Bruno pipeline explosion litigation to assist the trial court with various complicated discovery and pretrial motions. Here too her appellate court experience was essential in assisting the court to draft orders that were not challenged by writ, and helping the court settle the case in record time.
Maureen also provides legal assistance to two think-tanks, the Think Long Committee for California and California Forward, concerning issues involving the California Constitution, specifically with regard to the initiative process. Maureen helped draft SB 1253, the Ballot Initiative Transparency Act, which was supported by Common Cause and the Governor signed in September 2014.
Maureen attended the University of California, Los Angeles, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy. She earned her law degree at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she was an editor on the Law Review and a legal research and writing teaching assistant. While in law school, Maureen served as a summer extern at the California Supreme Court in the chambers of former California Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Grodin, a job that gave her her first insights into the process by which the Court grants review.