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Robert Oakes is a realtor in downtown Stockton with Cort Companies, whose career has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and the communities in which they live, most recently as a consultant for STAND Affordable Housing. He teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution at the Humphreys University Drivon School of Law, and has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and CSU-Sacramento in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Legal Research and Writing, Negotiation & Conflict Management, and Business Law.
Mr. Oakes is an accomplished mediator and mediation-skills trainer, and has served as a guest speaker on leadership and ethics for local government entities and bar associations. His experience includes serving as the Director of the Governor’s San Francisco Bay Area Region Office (representing the Governor in 13 counties from Santa Barbara to the Oregon border) where he led the development of California’s strategic plan to foster the biotech industry; as a Settlement Judge Pro-Tem in Santa Barbara Superior Court, where he also created the Court Administered Dispute Resolution (CADRe) program that made settlement options for civil cases available to litigants while saving the Court money; on the senior staff of San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan as Legislative Liaison to the Board of Supervisors; and as the District Representative for U.S. Congressman Robert T. Matsui.
Mr. Oakes graduated with honors from the University of the Pacific in Stockton. He earned his law degree from the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento (where he was an editor on law journal) and his Master of Business Administration from Sacramento State.