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Name Kelso, J. Clark
City Sacramento
State CA
Role(s) Monitor / Master / Mediator / Expert
Race White
Gender M
Biographical
In January 2008, Kelso was appointed receiver for the California prison health care system, in the case Plata v. Schwarzenneger. In that position, he has control over California's prison health care, answering not to the Governor but to District Judge Thelton Henderson.

A graduate of the ... read more
In January 2008, Kelso was appointed receiver for the California prison health care system, in the case Plata v. Schwarzenneger. In that position, he has control over California's prison health care, answering not to the Governor but to District Judge Thelton Henderson.

A graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, J. Clark Kelso is a professor at the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Kelso has been a member of the Pacific McGeorge faculty since 1986 and has served as director of the law school’s Capital Center for Government Law and Policy for the past 12 years. As Director of the Capital Center, Professor Kelso has worked closely with the leadership in the California Senate and Assembly and within the Judicial and Executive Branches on constitutional amendments, legislation, and rules of court to improve and reform the California Judiciary and the administration of justice. Professor Kelso lectures and writes regularly on constitutional law, election law issues, judicial remedies, and appellate practice and procedure.

Kelso came to his receivership appointment with more than 15 years of experience in a wide variety of positions in all three branches of state government,

He served as Interim head of the Department of Insurance, where he replaced Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush, who abruptly resigned amid allegations of corruption. After leaving the Department of Insurance, Professor Kelso was selected by Governor Gray Davis as the Governor's designee to Chair the California Earthquake Authority. The California Earthquake Authority is the leading provider of residential earthquake insurance in California with over 700,000 policyholders and approximately $7.5 billion in claims-paying capacity.

His successes as interim Insurance Commissioner and as the Governor’s designee led Governor Gray Davis to appoint Professor Kelso as Chief Deputy and Interim Director at the Department of Information Technology following the resignation of the Department’s Director. Professor Kelso served until the Department closed pursuant to a statutory sunset provision.
He then served as Governor Davis's Special Advisor on Information Technology and the Chief Information Officer for the State. He concurrently served as the Interim Director of the California Department of General Services from March 25 through September 4, 2003, a position in which he was responsible for the overall management of the agency.

After graduating from law school, Kelso was a law clerk to then Circuit Judge Anthony Kennedy.
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Case(s) PC-CA-0018 : Plata v. Brown


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