Eric George is the person to know for California lawyers with dreams of becoming judges or top federal prosecutors. For the past six years, the 38-year-old attorney has served as a presidential appointee to the committee that selects U.S. attorney and federal judge nominations in California. He also sits on a panel that makes state-level judicial recommendations to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Additionally, George is a member of the advisory committee for the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Over the course of his career, George has served as deputy legal affairs secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson and counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the son of California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George and is a name partner in the Beverly Hills law firm Browne Woods & George, where his clients have ranged from American Indian tribes to Hollywood power couple Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin in their suit against a home alarm company.


Question: What is a typical day like for you?

Answer: A cell phone battery that dies at 2 in the afternoon from overuse. At least one completely unexpected emergency from a client. A court appearance or deposition. Calls with people of the community interested in some issue of great importance to them. Ideally, followed by a good dinner with close friends. Topped off by reading part of a good book that has nothing to do with the law until complete exhaustion puts you to bed.


Q: What was the last book you read?

A: "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million" by Daniel Mendelsohn, who undertakes what might almost be called detective work to determine the fate of six distant relatives lost in the Holocaust. It was a phenomenal book. It had enormous amounts to say about the importance of family.


Q: Speaking of family, did your dad in any way inspire you to pursue a legal career?

A: Yes. Etched in my memory are dinner table conversations about all manner of criminal trials, including two years worth of daily updates in the Hillside Strangler case; my father was the judge in the case. But what most stands out and led me to become a lawyer was my father's constant reaffirmation of the fortunate situation we are in the United States, where we live by the rule of law and the concept that no individual, no matter their birth, their power, their money, is above that rule.

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