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Arkin, Michael

Michael Arkin is an active member of the State Bar of California who also practices in New Mexico with a limited license to practice law issued by the Supreme Court of New Mexico. He is a former Small Claims Court Judge Pro Tem in Calaveras County, California and a former Independent State Hearing Officer in Sacramento, California. He presently serves as a member of the Mediation Panel of the San Diego (California) Superior Court. He assists Pegasus Legal Services for Children in Albuquerque, New Mexico as counsel in kinship guardianship cases as well as by serving as a Guardian ad Litem in child abuse and neglect cases filed in the 7th Judicial District in New Mexico. A former United States Department of Justice trial attorney in Washington, D.C., he has been engaged in the practice of law since 1965. After 1983 his law practice included service as Chief Trial Counsel of Calaveras County (California) Child Protective Services and as counsel for battered women for the Women's Crisis (Shelter) Center in the California County in which he resided.

Reared in Arlington, Virginia and a graduate of Wakefield High School, he received undergraduate degrees from The George Washington University and The University of Oklahoma with a major in psychology, and minors in sociology, philosophy and English. While at GWU he volunteered at the campaign headquarters of then US Senator Jack Kennedy in 1960. Returning to Oklahoma, he received his law degree from the University of Oklahoma where he served as Managing Editor and Articles and Book Review Editor of the Oklahoma Law Review. In addition, he continues to be a classic car restorer, has bred and trained beagle dogs for competition in Field Trials throughout the Southwest, and studies Native American philosophy, history and art.

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