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William Mitchell Thornbury

William Mitchell Thornbury, American lawyer, educator. Named Outstanding Service award, Republican Party Legal Counsel, 1978; recipient Outstanding Chairman award, Los Angeles County Republican Party, 1974, secretary-treasurer, 1968-1975, chairman legal committee, 1977-1982, 1983-1985, award, American Association United Nations, 1961.


  • Thornbury, William Mitchell was born on February 11, 1944 in Kansas City, Missouri, United States. Son of Paul Cobb and Marguerite Madellaine (Schulz) Thornbury.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University of California at Los Angeles, 1964. Juris Doctor, University Southern California, 1967. Postgraduate, University Southern California, 1967—1969.


    • Deputy Los Angeles County public defender, since 1969. Deputy-in-charge traffic court, 1982—1984. Supervising attorney Juvenile Services Division, 1984.

      Deputy in charge Inglewood, California, 1984—1985. Legal assistant professor California State University, Los Angeles, since 1983. Member advisory committee on alcohol determination State Department Health, since 1984.

      Appointed to apprenticeship council Governor Deukmejian State of California, since 1986. Reapptd. Governor Wilson, 1993. Chairman equal opportunity committee, 1987—1990.

      Chairman forums committee, 1991—1992. Chair legislation committee, 1993. Chairman, vice chairman Santa Monica Fair Election Practices Commission, California, 1981—1985.

      Advisor California Public Defenders Association, since 1984. Alternate member Los Angeles County Commission, 1983—1984. Member steering committee Santa Monica Coalition.

      Member nominations committee, 1984. Board directors Westside Legal Services, 1984—1986, vice president, 1986—1987, president, 1987—1988.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: California 1968, United States District Court (central district) California 1968, United States District Court (northern district) California 1973, United States District Court (southern district) California 1980, United States District Court (eastern district) California 1980, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1973, United States Court Claims 1980, United States Court International Trade 1981, United States Court Customs and Patent Appeals 1980, United States Court Military Appeals 1980, United States Supreme Court 1973, United States Court Appeals (Federal circuit) 1984.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Executive board directors Santa Monica Young Republican, 1967—1972, president, 1972—1973, treasurer, 1973—1975, board directors, 1968—1972. Delegate, precinct chairman, registration chairman Los Angeles County Young Republican, 1968—1970. Chairman legal committee Los Angeles County Republican Center Committee, 1977—1981, 1983—1985.

    Chairman judicial evaluation committee, 1978—1980. President Santa Monica Republican Club, 1986—1988, board directors, 1966—1990, West Los Angeles Republican Club, 1986—1991. Member Beverly Hills Republican Club, Republican State Center Committee, 1983—1985, 1989—1991, associate member, 1980—1983, 1986—1989.

    Associate member platform committee 1990 State Republican Party. Be. directors Non-Partisan Candidate Evaluating Council, Inc., 1980—1986, vice president, 1986—1989, president, since 1989. Member Pasadena Republican Club, since 1984.

    Board directors Santa Monicans Against Crime, since 1979. Chairman 44th Assembly District Republican Center Committee, 1974—1987, Western part of Los Angeles County George Murphy United States Senate, 1970, John T. LaFollette for Congress, 1970. Campaign chairman Donna A. Little for City Council, 1984.

    Advisory Pat Geffner for City Council, 1979, 1981. Campaign manager Experienced College Team, 1983. Member advisory committee Fred Beteta for Assembly, 1989—1990.

    Member platform committee Republican State Party, 1990. Member of American Bar Association, National Rifle Association (life), National Association Criminal Defense Counsel, Santa Monica College Patron's Association, California History Society, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce (inebriate task force 1980), Western Region Criminal Law Educators, Criminal Courts BarAssn., Criminal Law section of State Bar of California, American Association Political Science, New York Academy of Sciences, University of California at Los Angeles Alumni Association, University Southern California Law Alumni Association, Academy Criminal Justice Sciences, National Association Criminal Defense Attorneys, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association, Supreme Court History Society, Association Trial Lawyers American, San Fernando Valley Criminal Bar Association (membership chairman 1986-1988, board trustees since 1986, treasurer 1987-1988, vice president 1988, chairman judicial evaluations committee 1988, president-elect 1988, president 1989-1990), Santa Monica History Society, California Public Defenders Association (advisor), Los Angeles County Public Defenders Association (advisor, board directors 1980-1988), Santa Monica Bar Association (delegate to state bar convention 1974-1988, trustee 1976-1977, 1979-1987, chairman judicial evaluation committee 1982-1984, chairman legislation committee 1983-1984, president-elect 1984-1985, president 1985-1986, liaison to Los Angeles County Bar Association 1986-1987, chairman legislation committee 1988, chairman legislation and publicity committee), Los Angeles County Bar Association (judicial evaluation committee 1986-1988, criminal justice committee since 1986, criminal law and law enforcement committee since 1986, 2d vice chairman 1989-1990, 1st vice chairman 1990-1991, chair 1991-1992, vice chairman indigent and criminal defense committee), California Rifle & Pistol Association (life), Navy League (life. Board directors since 1979, legislation chairman 1982, judge advisory 1983-1989, Second vice president 1989-1990, 1st vice president 1991-1992, president navy league council since 1992), American Society Criminology (life).


    • Married Joy Frances Barrett, February 2, 1973. Children: Barrett Mitchell, Adele Frances.
    • father: Paul Cobb Thornbury
    • mother: Marguerite Madellaine (Schulz) Thornbury
    • spouse: Joy Frances Barrett
    • children: Barrett Mitchell Thornbury
    • Adele Frances Thornbury
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    Born February 11, 1944
    (age 73)