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Hon. Ernest Borunda (retired)

The Parker Foundation

Governance Committee, Program Committee


Ernie (Ernest) Borunda served as a Law Clerk at the Fourth District Court of Appeal from 1971-72 before entering private practice. He was appointed to the South Bay Municipal Court in 1979 and became a Superior Court Judge in 1998. In 2000 he received the Annual Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal and Judicial Education programs in the US and abroad. He served as Chair of the CJER Governing Committee, which develops policy for Judicial Branch Education in California. He retired in 2000 to become Dean of the National Judicial College. NJC serves Judges from the US as well as an international cross section of judicial officers. From 2003-2006 he was the Legal Training Advisor for the Macedonia Court Modernization Project in Skopje, Macedonia. Under the auspices of USAID, he directed the development of an Education framework for the training of Judicial Officers, Administrators and Staff. He served on the St. Augustine Board of Trustees from 1987 to 1997 and was Chairperson in 1994 and 1995. He is presently a member of the Parker Foundation Board of Trustees. Judge Borunda received his BBA from the University of San Diego (1966); his JD from USD (1969) and a Master of Science in Executive Leadership from USD in 2001. He taught as an Adjunct at USD School of Law and holds a Lifetime Credential for the California Community College system in the areas of Law, Business Education and Social Science.

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