Hon. Gilbert Harelson

(NOTE:  This is a selective biography, written in January 2006)

Date of Birth: 6/11/1919, Phoenix, Arizona

Spouse: Henrietta, Children:  Craig, Jan

Education: University of Southern California, 1949. Admitted to California Bar in 1949. 

Work:Deputy Attorney General of California, Los Angeles (1949-1951), Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County (1951-1953), Sole Practitioner (1953-1958), City Attorney of La Mesa (1956-1958 and 1959-1970), Judge, Municipal Court, El Cajon Judicial District (1958-1959), Re-entered private practice of law in La Mesa and San Diego as partner in firm Harelson, Enright, Levitt & Knutson (1959-1970), Superior Court Judge (1970-1987), Retired in 1987 from Superior Court, Judicial Arbitration & Mediation Services panel member (1987-present), Presiding Judge of Superior Courts (1981 and 1982)

Bench: Appointed 8/25/1970
Bar/other: Member of SDCBA since 1951; International Academy of Estate and Trust Law; California Judges Association, 1970 to Present, Vice-President in 1981-1982, Executive Board in 1979-1982; Faculty, California Judicial College, Berkeley, CA 1978; San Diego County Judges Association; Vice Chair, San Diego Civilian Advisory Panel on Police Practices, 1987-1988; Member, San Diego Stadium Authority Board, 1988-1992; Chairman, San Diego Stadium Authority, 1990-1991; San Diego Lions Club; Member and Past President of La Jolla Country Club; U.S. Army Paratrooper, World War II; Legal Professional of the Year, 1987; City Club of San Diego and San Diego Junior Chamber of Commerce; Outstanding Judge of the Year, 1982; Judicial Achievement Award, 1983 by San Diego Trial Lawyers’ Association; Essence of Life Award From Elder-Help, Inc. for contributing to the community 1992; Boy Scouts Distinguished Citizen Award; Man of the Year, City of La Mesa; Special Award in Appreciate of Dedication to Public Service, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Local 135