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.
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.
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.
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
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