Written by Administrator
Tuesday, 05 July 2011 18:26
"Unto whomsoever much is given, of him much will be required"
A seminal part of Judge Coates' young life, was becoming an Eagle Scout. Here, he learned basics of leadership, ethics and responsibility. He learned the thoughts that, "From those unto whom much is given, much will be required"; and "If not me, whom, and if not now, when?"; as well as Proverbs' "Where there is no vision, the People perish."
Once he worked himself out of his bookish and baseball-ish young collegiate persona, he joined Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and ser about .....Leading! Read on...
Eagle Scout, Troop 36, Pacific Beach, 1954
Baseball MVP, La Jolla High School, 1954
Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, 1957
Campus Chest Chair, SDSU, 1958
San Diego County Chair, Young Democrats, 1961
Vice Chair, SD County Democratic Central Committee, 1962
Nominee, California State Assembly, 78th District
Justice, Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, California Western School of Law
Co-Founder with Bishop George D. Mckinney, Transform San Diego, a volunteer project aimed at Racial Tranquility
President, San Diego Mental Health Association, 1974, 1975
Legislative Chair, California Mental Health Association, 1976, 1977
Parlimentarian, San Diego Trial Lawyers Association, 1982
Appointed San Diego Municiple Court Judge, 1982; Superior Court, 1997
A founder, 1984 Task Force on the Homeless, which became the current Regional Task Force - Current
President, San Diego County Law Library Trustees
President, San Diego Ecology Center, 1985, 1986
Founding President, SDSU Geology Alumni Association. 1985 - 1989
Founding Chair, San Diego County Council Environmental Organizations, 1986
President, Trustee, San Diego Co-Public Law Library 1986 - 1996
Founding Chair, San Diego City Parks & Rec. Foundation
Secretary, Executive Comittee, San Diego Chapter, Sierra Club, 2001 - 2003
President, Mission Valley Rotary Club, 2003 - 2004
Trustee, Anza-Borrego Foundation, 2005 - 2011
Chair, Homeless Women Task Force, 2011
Girl's Think Tank, 2010 - 2011
United Way Commission to End Chronic Homelessness
"This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live. I rejoice in life for its own sake. LIfe is no "brief candle" to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations."
-George Bernard Shaw