CSUB Professor Brian M. McNamara Appointed as Superior Court Judge


In late November, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of Brian M. McNamara, a CSU Bakersfield professor and practicing attorney, to a judgeship in the Kern County Superior Court. McNamara was sworn in yesterday during a special ceremony held at 4pm at the Kern County Board of Supervisors Chambers on Truxtun Ave.

McNamara, 57, of Bakersfield, has been a solo criminal law practitioner since 1998 and a professor of business law and management information systems in the School of Business and Public Administration at California State University, Bakersfield since 1986. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Newport University School of Law, a doctorate degree and Master of Science degree in sport management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Stirling in Scotland. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert J. Anspach.

“It was a year ago that I was pleased to send a confidential evaluation to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation on behalf of then-candidate Brian McNamara.  I said at that time, ‘I believe Dr. McNamara is exceptionally well qualified for a judicial appointment.’  I am pleased that Governor Brown and others agree,” said Dr. Horace Mitchell, President of CSU Bakersfield.

Dr. Mitchell makes remarks about Professor McNamara becoming Judge McNamaraImage

McNamara ceremoniously dons his judge’s robe with the assistance of his wife Michelle


McNamara relates a funny story about being in Sacramento to interview for the appointment. 


The ceremony and robing was a moving and funny tribute to a man who, while born in Scotland, has a passion and love for the United States and Bakersfield specifically. McNamara is an avid cyclist, devoted husband, proud dad, and tireless defense attorney. In addition, he calls himself a “code monkey” because for years he has written computer code. Just another thing McNamara does better than most other people.

On behalf of CSUB, congratulations Judge McNamara! May your tenure on the bench be long and storied and tempered with much wisdom and humility. All of us at CSUB wish you a fruitful judgeship.

Faculty at CSUB, of which Judge McNamara is a shining example, are second to none.

Dr. Horace Mitchell, President, CSUB, congratulates Judge McNamara immediately following his swearing in.Image

-Colleen Dillaway, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, CSUB