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Honorable Gale Hickman

Dale E. Fowler School of Law


Judge Gale P. Hickman is an adjunct professor who teaches Community Property and Evidence. He is also a partner in the firm of Hickman & Carrillo. Judge Hickman received his undergraduate degree in English from UCLA, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. 

After almost ten years as an Orange County Deputy Public Defender and criminal defense lawyer, Gale sat as a Juvenile Court Referee and Superior Court Commissioner in Orange County for twenty-eight years, serving in the Juvenile, Probate, and Family Law courts. As an attorney and a judicial officer, Judge Hickman has written numerous articles and created, presented, and participated in scores of educational programs for the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), the Orange County Family Court, the Orange County Bar Association, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the Public Law Center, the University of California, Irvine, and countless other programs and institutions.

Judge Hickman is also a produced screenwriter (“The Penalty Phase,” and “Eighty-Three Hours ‘til Dawn”), has written for the stage, and has been the recipient of frequent awards in recognition of his services to the legal community. He prizes most “The Gale P. Hickman Award,” presented to him in 2005 by the Family Law Section of the Orange County Bar Association for his “commitment to the highest standards of excellence in educating the Family Law Community.”