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California Governor Brown Appoints David McCray as a Justice on California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel

On August 4, California Governor Brown announced that he appointed Of Counsel David McCray (San Francisco) as a justice on the California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel. The panel, which was created in 2013, is made up of three justices and hears criminal appeals involving California Guard and Reserve personnel.

In this role, David will review issues presented on behalf of the individual convicted of a crime, hear the argument, and, along with the two other justices, issue a decision following the Uniform Code of Military Justice and California law. The length of his term is four years.

“I am honored Governor Brown selected me for this position. I am proud of my service in the U.S. Air Force, and I look forward to working closely with the military again and ensuring that criminal justice matters are properly reviewed,” said David.

David joined B&D in 2014 (and will continue his practice in the firm's San Francisco office) after serving as Assistant Chief Counsel at the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for seven years. Prior to joining Caltrans, he served with the U.S. Air Force for 21 years and retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. David held positions such as the Chief of the Environmental & Tort Litigation Branch, the Base Staff Judge Advocate at Beale Air Force Base, California, and the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri where he also managed the environmental law program. While with the Air Force, he also served for two years as Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Environmental & Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.