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Presiding Judge Francis W. Barclay


Presiding Judge Francis W. Barclay

History, Accomplishments and Awards


  • Appointed to the Superior Court for Modoc County in 2003 by Governor Gray Davis and was re-elected in 2004 for an additional six year term.

Past Employment:

  • Appointed to Modoc County Superior Court by Gov. Gray Davis, August 2003
  • Solo practice, general law practice, 1987-2003
  • City attorney, City of Alturas, 1995-2003
  • City Attorney, city of Tulelake, 1990-2003
  • Associate, Bowling, Walter and Gawthrop, Sacramento, 1986-1987
  • Associate, Thornton, Taylor and Downs, San Francisco, 1981-1986


  • Active with several civic and community groups including Rotary International (Past President)
  • Board of Directors for the Alturas Community Theater
  • Trustee of the Modoc County Law Library
  • Past director for Northern California Senior Legal Services
  • Member of the Juvenile Justice Commission and member of the California Judges Association
  • Member of the State Rural Courts Education Committee


  • Graduated U.C. Davis 1976
  • Graduated U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 1981


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