01 Keynote: The Honorable Quentin Kopp -- The ELS Symposium, April 12 2013

Environmental Law Society Symposium 2013 - California Public Transportation: Are We Moving Forward? April 12, 2013 Keynote Speaker - The Honorable Quentin Kopp Retired San Mateo Superior Court Judge, California State Senator from 1986-1998, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman 1987-1998, California Transportation Commission Member 1987-1998, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Member 1976-1986 and Chairman 1982-1984, San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member 1972-1986 The Honorable Quentin L. Kopp, was appointed to the San Mateo Superior Court on January 1, 1999 and retired January 31, 2004, but served until May 31, 2010 in the Assigned Judges Program of the California Judicial Council. Prior to judicial appointment, Judge Kopp practiced trial law in San Francisco and Northern California. He served in the California State Senate from December 1, 1986 to December 7, 1998 as the first non-incumbent Independent to the Senate since 1878. Judge Kopp also served (1972-1986) as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to which he was first elected in November 1971 and re-elected four times thereafter. He was Board President in 1976, 1977, 1978 and 1982. In June 2006, Judge Kopp was appointed by the California State Senate to the California High-Speed Rail Authority board of directors. His 1996 legislation established the Authority. In August 2006, Judge Kopp was elected Chairman of the Authority, serving as the same until July, 2009. In January 2007 he was reappointed for a four year term by the State Senate. Judge Kopp was a California Transportation Commission member from 1988 until 1998, California Law Revision Commission member from 1995 until 1998 and Little Hoover Commission member from 1996 until 1998. During 27 years as an elected local and state legislator, Judge Kopp also served as a leader on virtually every regional governmental policy-making body affecting the Bay Area. Introduction by Dean Kevin Johnson, UC Davis School of Law