FREDRIC D. WOOCHER entered private practice after serving two years as
Special Counsel to California Attorney General John Van de Kamp, whom
he represented and advised on government ethics, environmental law, and
consumer‑protection issues, including implementation of Proposition 103.
Prior to his government service, Mr. Woocher spent seven years with the
Center for Law in the Public Interest, litigating a broad range of public
interest issues involving land‑use, environmental law, hazardous substances
regulation, First Amendment protection, and civil rights cases. He is
an acknowledged authority on the initiative and referendum process and
on campaign financing issues.
Mr. Woocher has successfully argued before both the U.S. and California
Supreme Courts as well as other appellate and trial courts. He served
as Chair of the State Bar's Committee on Human Rights, as a member
of the State Bar Committee on the Environment, and as a member of the
Los Angeles County Judicial Evaluations Committee. He is a graduate of
Yale University (A.B.) and Stanford (Ph.D., J.D.), and was President of
the Stanford Law Review. Mr. Woocher was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court
Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Chief Judge David L. Bazelon of the
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
Named one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California by the Los
Angeles Daily Journal, Mr. Woocher was nominated by President Clinton
to serve as United States District Court Judge for the Central District
of California, but the nomination expired when the Senate adjourned without
having taken action to confirm his nomination.