Monday, July 18, 2011

It's BARBARA, For Goodness Sake!

Before I hit the sack tonight after a day of venting my spleen, one last thing needs to be flushed out of this old skull before I snuggle up to the wife of almost 44 years and get some sleep.


In EVERY article and other news reports I've seen, heard or read about the lawsuit bet
ween the city employees and the City, the judge in the case is referred to as, "Tam Nomoto Schumann" - except HERE on this blog. HERE we refer to her with her entire proper name - Barbara Tam Nomoto Schumann.

I'm trying to figure out just who is wrong in this case - me or EVERYBODY else. While I'm not always right (keep the laughter down, please), I think I'm right this time.

In every other news article where a judge is addressed the full name is used - like Judge David O. Carter, who heard the now-infamous Benito Acosta case and married Loretta Sanchez and her boyfriend the other day. So what is it with this situation? Is it possible that EVERY other media outlet just doesn't know her proper name? Really?

Here's a profile I found on the internet, which I'll just publish in it's entirety here to keep you from having to exercise your mouse finger reaching the link ( ). As you browse down through her background some familiar names may catch your eye.

SCHUMANN, Barbara Tam Nomoto, JUDGE, SUPERIOR COURT, Orange County.
Elected (succeeding Judge James J. Alfano, retired) for term of office commencing January 6, 1997. Judge, Municipal Court, Central Orange County Judicial District appointed April 5, 1979 by Governor Brown, Jr. 1979, Referee, State Bar Court, Orange County. 1974-77
Deputy County Counsel, Orange County, California. Private practice, 1974 Nossaman, Waters, Krueger & Marsh, Los Angeles, California. Admitted to California Bar 1973. J.D. 1973 University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Berkeley, California (recipient American Jurisprudence Award (twice); International Legal Studies Scholarship. B.A. 1970 University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California (Phi Beta Kappa). 1966(?) graduated Lowell High School, San Francisco, California. Born April 21, 1950, Oakland, California. Married Edward Schumann (attorney). Lutheran. Enjoys playing piano, equestrian, backpacking and aerobics.
Faculty: 1987 __University of California, Irvine, Lecturer, Criminal Procedure & Constitutional Law; 1985__, CJER Faculty; 1986 California Continuing Judicial Studies Program Judicial Planning Committee.
Publications: 1988__”Ask the Judge,”: Columnist for the Los Angeles Times, 1979
Orange County Conservatorship Manual, published by the Orange County Bar Association for general distribution to all attorneys; “Probate Conservatorship Termination and What is That Burden,” Orange County Bar Journal (Fall 1978); “The New Probate Guardianship and Conservatorship Law,” Orange County Bar Journal (Spring 1978).
Member: American Judges Association, 2003 __; California Judges Association 1979; Family & Juvenile Advisory Committee, 2003; Chair, California Judges Association Discipline Committee; 2001____Chair, CJER Governing Committee; 2001-2002 Chair, CJA Ethics Committee; 2000 - 2001 Vice Chair, CJER Governing Committee; 1990-91 CJSP, Chair; Secretary, Ethics Committee, 1989-91; Vice Chair, Ethics Committee, 2000-2001, Judicial Council; 1978 Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Law Section, Probate Legislative Committee, Japanese American Bar Association, Orange County Bar Association.
Assignments: 1997_ Civil Panel; 2002 Family Law.
Office: 1275 North Berkeley Avenue, P.O. Box 5000, Fullerton, CA 92632-0500.
Telephone (714) 773-4400.



Blogger Joe said...

It's been a hundred years since I've crossed paths with Judge Nomoto Schumann, but my recollection is that before she married Mr. Schumann, she was always known simply as "Tam Nomoto," regardless of her given name of Susan.

Here's a recent department listing at Superior Court where she goes by Tam Nomoto Schumann:

One can only conclude that the non-use of "Susan" is her choice.

I find it refreshing. One tires of constantly having to address some of the other judges as "Your Excellency."

7/19/2011 08:00:00 AM  
Anonymous OCLonghair said...

...she left out, "long walks on the beach" and something about," peace".

7/19/2011 03:08:00 PM  

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