The March 7, 2019 MCBA MCLE luncheon featured Assistant Presiding Judge, Merced County Superior Court, Mark Bacciarini and Comissioner Foster presented on Small Claims.
Judge Bacciarini grew up in Merced and graduated from Merced High School in 1976. He earned his bachelor’s degree in music from University of the Pacific. He worked 16 years as a high school music teacher and band instructor in Manteca, Merced and Clovis, before returning to school to study law.
In 1998 he graduated with a Juris Doctor from San Joaquin College of Law. Judge Bacciarini worked as an associate attorney for the law firm Morse, Morse & Morse from 1998 to 2000 and joined the Merced County District Attorney’s Office in 2000. He was promoted to Chief Deputy District Attorney in 2009. Judge Baccarini was appointed to the bench by Gov. Schwarzenegger in 2010.
Commissioner Foster received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College in 1985, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, School of Cinema–Television in 1990, and his Juris Doctorate from UC Davis School of Law in 1995. Commissioner Foster worked as a research attorney for Sonoma County Superior Court from 1995 to 1997 and as an associate attorney for the law firm Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison, LLP from 1997 to 2000. From 2000 to 2007, Commissioner Foster worked for the California Administrative Office of the Courts as an attorney in the Office of the General Counsel and for the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER). From 2007 to 2010, he was in private practice. From 2010 to 2012, he worked as a staff attorney for San Mateo County Superior Court before joining Merced County Superior Court in 2012 as court staff attorney. In October 2018, he was appointed Commissioner in Merced County Superior Court and his current assignment is small claims, traffic, and limited civil.