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John Timothy Philipsborn, American Lawyer, author. Bar: California 1978, United States District Court (northern and eastern districts) California 1978, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1985, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1985; cert-specialist in criminal law State of California, 1985. Fulbright scholar, Portugal, 1989.


Philipsborn, John Timothy was born on October 19, 1949 in Paris. Son of John David and Helen (Worth) Philipsborn.


AB, Bowdoin College, 1971; Master of Education, Antioch College, 1975; Juris Doctor, University of California, Davis, 1978.


Volunteers in Service to America volunteer Office of Governor State of Montana, Helena, 1972-1973. Consultant United States Government, Denver, 1974. Lecturer Antioch New England Graduate School, Keene, New Hampshire, 1973-1975, University New Hampshire, Durham, 1973-1975.

Partner Philipsborn & Cohn, San Jose, California, 1978-1980. Attorney, supervisor Defenders Inc., San Diego, 1980-1983. Associate Garry, Dreyfus & McTernan, San Francisco, 1983-1987.

Private practice, since 1987. Consultant Nicaraguan court evaluation projects, 1987-1988, United Nations International Tribunal, since 1995. Coordinator International Conference Adversarial Systems, Lisbon, Portugal, 1990.

Member adjunct faculty New College Law, San Francisco, since 1991. Legal assistant project refugee camps Southeast Asia, 1992, legal education projects, Cambodia, 1995, senior fullbright scholar, Pakistan, 2001. Consultant on continuing education of bar, since 1995.

Judge pro tempore San Francisco Superior Court, since 2004.


  • Bar: California 1978, United States District Court (northern, central and eastern districts) California 1978, United States Court Appeals (9th circuit) 1985, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1985. Cert-specialist in criminal law State of California.


  • Other Work

    • Board editors Champion, Forum. Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to book.


Founder trial program San Francisco Schools, 1986. Board directors California Indian Legal Superior vena cava syndrome, 1990-1996. Member National Association Criminal Defense Lawyers (associate, co-chairman death penaltyimpact litigation group 1989, co-chairman governmental misconduct committee 1990-1992, vice chairman task force on emerging democracies 1990-1991), California State Bar (evaluation panel criminal law specialists since 1986, commission on continuing education of bar 1991-1994, criminal law subcommittee state board legal specialists 1995-1996), California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (Board of Governors 1989-1994, associate editor journal since 1987, chairman Amicus Curiae committee since 1992, co-chairman governmental misconduct committee 1989-1992), World Affairs Council.


John David Philipsborn

Helen (Worth) Philipsborn