A former Superior Court judge based in Oakland, California, Paul Seeman served as the chairman of the Alameda County Collaborative Juvenile Court. Leveraging his background in juvenile cases, Paul Seeman presided over numerous dependency and delinquency hearings.
The US Constitution has established certain rights that juveniles are entitled to in the course of delinquency proceedings, many of which have been upheld by the US Supreme Court. Here are just a few:
Probable cause needs to be established before a minor can be arrested or searched. Police officers cannot arrest or search a minor suspected of committing a criminal offense until probable cause has been demonstrated. However, a minor can be temporarily detained or searched by persons with quasi-parental relationships, such as teachers, on reasonable suspicion of committing a criminal offense.
Minors in custody have the right to a phone call. They can call their parents, guardians, or an attorney. Minors have the right to representation by an attorney. If minors cannot afford one, an attorney appointed by the state should represent them. They also have the right to be informed of the charges against them and cannot be compelled to give evidence against themselves.
Paul Seeman, a former judge at the Alameda County Superior Court, practiced law for over 20 years. During that time, Paul Seeman was involved in environmental law projects that included working with the Sankat Mochan Foundation, an agency involved in cleaning up the Ganges (Ganga) River in Benares (modern-day Varanasi), India.
Spanning 11 states, the Ganga River Basin is home to more than 600 million Indians, and although the Ganga is recognized as the holiest river in India, human and industrial waste have heavily polluted the waterway. The National Ganga River Basin Project represents a $1 billion dollar project with the goal of cleaning up this life-giving waterway.
In Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in India, clean-up efforts are being focused on the cities and towns that lie directly along the Ganga, where pollution is the most significant. Money is being invested in multiple waste-treatment plants and the construction of major sewerage networks that will serve the area’s growing population.
In addition to his practice, Seeman also served on the board of directors of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Alameda County Court-Appointed Special Advocates Program and the Donald P. McCullum Youth Court.