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Robert Devich

School: Commerce

Sports Played: Football, Basketball, Baseball

High School Honors: Football: 2-year letter winner. Basketball: 2-year letter winner; All-City and leading scorer as a Junior. Baseball: 2-year letter winner.

Post High School Career: Attended the University of Portland from 1946-50, 4-year Varsity letterman, led team scoring in 1947, scored over 1000 points during his career. Member of the U.S. Navy Philippine Sea-Frontier Basketball team, which won the U.S. Military Olympics tournament. Member of the Beverly Hills P.D. from 1955-65, and attended Law School and held positions of L.A. County DA, L.A. Municipal Court Judge, L.A. Superior Court Judge and Associate Justice for the California Court of Appeals. Inducted into Cleveland High School Hall of Fame in 2011.


Based on the solid attributes I learned in all sports and tried to hold on to in life — dedication and perseverance — I moved to Los Angeles and in 1955 joined the Beverly Hills Police Department with thoughts of becoming an FBI agent. I served as a police officer and detective for 10 years. During that time I attended Southwestern University Law School in LA and passed the California bar exam in 1965.

I spent 7 years doing trial and administrative work for the LA District Attorneys Office. In 1972 I was appointed as a Judge to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by Governor Ronald Reagan, then in 1978 to the LA Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown, where I supervised all of the Criminal Courts in LA County in 1985.

In 1986 I was appointed an Associate Justice on the California Court of Appeal by Governor George Deukmejian, retiring in 1992. Throughout my legal positions and career I was fortunate to receive quite a few civic and legal awards from various organizations, including the University of Portland Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996.

To keep my mind active and working in my senior years, I am still active in the legal field serving as an Arbitrator and Mediator in Civil cases. I love the law as I love the field of sports.

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