Attorney General Lockyer Names Robert Anderson as New Chief Assistant of Criminal Law Division

Tuesday, June 19, 2001
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(SACRAMENTO) – Attorney General Bill Lockyer today announced the appointment of Robert Anderson, a 27-year veteran of the California Department of Justice, as Chief Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Law Division.

"Bob is a tough lawyer and a gem in the Department of Justice," Lockyer said. "He brings to the job a keen understanding of the Criminal Law Division and great experience having handled a variety of cases in the Appeals, Writs and Trials section."

Anderson succeeds Dave Druliner, who after more than two years of leading and managing the criminal law division will return to his passion for the active practice of law by taking on complex criminal trial matters as a Special Assistant Attorney General - Senior Trial Counsel.

Since joining the Attorney General's Office in 1973, Anderson has handled a variety of criminal appeals and numerous death penalty cases. He has argued over a dozen cases in the California Supreme Court, including death penalty decisions in People v. Holt (1997) 15 Cal.4th 619; People v. Howard (1992) 1 Cal.4th 1132; and People v. Jennings (1991) 53 Cal.3d 334, which were affirmed. Most recently, Anderson has served as a Senior Assistant Attorney General responsible for overseeing major cases in the Appeals, Writs and Trials section in Sacramento.

Anderson was graduated with high honor from California State College at Los Angeles and received his law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles 1973. He grew up in El Segundo, Calif., and served in the United States Army Security Agency from 1961-64, including two years in a special operations command in Asia.

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