The Honorable Dallas Scott Holmes Recognized for Excellence in Law
Mr. Holmes chaired the Task Force for Jury System Improvements for five years
RIVERSIDE, CA, January 9, 2019, The Honorable Dallas Scott Holmes is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
With over 50 years of professional excellence to his credit, Mr. Holmes has served as a judge on assignment by the chief justice for the State of California since 2009. Prior to attaining this role, he spent over a decade as a superior court judge from 1996 to 2007. During this time, he held the role of chair of the jury committee for the Superior Court of California from 1997 to 2003 and again from 2005 to 2007. Joining the firm Best Best & Krieger LLP as an associate in 1968, Mr. Holmes became a partner in 1974 and also served as an executive assistant to the assembly majority floor leader with the California State Legislature from 1969 to 1970.
Also active in higher education, Mr. Holmes spent time as a lecturer at Pomona College in Claremont, CA, in 2008, before becoming an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of California, Riverside, later that same year, a position he holds to this day. He also worked as a lecturer for the judicial, local government and university extension groups at UCLA from 1987 to 2002, an adjunct professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco in 1990 and an assistant adjunct professor at the A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Riverside.
Incredibly proud of the work he has done towards jury reform, Mr. Holmes was the chair of the Task Force for Jury System Improvements with the California Judicial Council from 1998 to 2003. He also contributed his skills to the State Bar of California as a member of the board of governors from 1990 to 1993 and as vice president from 1992 to 1993. Contributing numerous articles to professional journals over the course of his career, he has written on such topics as mass transit, the assessment of farmland in California, and exclusionary zoning and environmental law. Mr. Holmes also notably authored the proposed tort reform initiative for California physicians.
Having always wanted to be a teacher, Mr. Holmes found the field of law to be the perfect place to accomplish that goal. Earning a Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Pomona College in 1962, he continued his education and obtained a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in England in 1964 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of California Berkeley School of Law in 1967. Mr. Holmes was admitted to practice law by the State Bar of California in 1968.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Mr. Holmes has been incredibly active within his community. Currently, he serves as an elder with the Calvary Presbyterian Church and as a board member for the Second Harvest Food Bank. He has also been involved with the Downtown Riverside Association, the Association of California Water Agencies, the University of California Riverside Foundation, the Citizens University Committee, the Century Club and the Alumni Council and Torchbearers of Pomona College. Mr. Holmes also notably spent two decades as a city attorney for the city of Corona, CA.
In an effort to remain up to date with developments in his field, Mr. Holmes maintains affiliation with the State Bar of California, the American Judicature Society and the Riverside County Bar Association. He also holds membership with the Rotary Club of Riverside. For excellence in his career, he was honored as Man of the Year by The Press-Enterprise in 1962 and was named Young Man of the Year by the Riverside Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1972. More recently, Mr. Holmes was presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.