Justice Rebecca Wiseman is an Associate Justice on the Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District located in Fresno, California, having previously served as a trial judge in Kern County for ten years. She is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, law school, class of 1980. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Fresno State University where she graduated summa cum laude and was selected Outstanding Senior by the Alumni Association. She received her LL.M., or Master's Degree in Judicial Process, from the University of Virginia.

She was selected by the Kern County Bar Association as Outstanding Jurist for 1997, was honored by the Fresno County Women Lawyers Association and the Fresno County Bar Association as recipient of the Justice Pauline Davis Hanson Award for outstanding community service, was presented with the Mentor of the Year Award by the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association, and was selected as one of the Top Ten Businesswomen in Fresno County for 1998. She was also the recipient of the Kern County Bar Association's Bench and Bar Award for 2003 and the Hugh W. Goodwin Bar Association's Founder's Award for 2003.

Justice Wiseman is a co-author of The Rutter Group Practice Guides entitled Employment Litigation and Claims and Defenses. She has made public outreach a top priority and has helped take the Court of Appeal "on the road" to counties within the Fifth Appellate District. The Court hears calendars drawn from that particular county's appeals, invites local high school students in for question-and-answer sessions, and presents a legal education program for the local bar association.

Justice Wiseman is a former member of the Board of Directors of the California Judges Association, is the past chair of the California Judges' Foundation, and lectures frequently on legal ethics. She is the cofounder of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District's, civil mediation program, and is a certified mediator.


Judicial Positions and Assignments


Certified as a civil mediator by the National Judicial College



Confirmed as an Associate Justice to the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District

Appointed by Governor Pete Wilson



Kern County Superior Court Judge

Appointed to the Kern County Superior Court by Governor Pete Wilson



Bakersfield Municipal Court Judge

Managed the civil direct calendar assignment, settlement conferences, and civil and criminal trials. Appointed to the Bakersfield Municipal Court.



Kern County Deputy DA



Private civil practice


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