Pauline A. Weaver
Secretary (2020 – 2023)
Criminal Defense Pro Bono Practitioner, California
University of Memphis, law degree
Pauline has been an ABA member since 1979. She spent 29 years as a Public Defender in Alameda County (CA) where she tried everything from misdemeanors to death penalty cases. Now she has a primarily pro bono practice in criminal defense.
Pauline is the Association’s Secretary until 2023. She has served in numerous ABA positions including Chair of the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, the Council of the Criminal Justice Section, ABA Law Day Chair, Chair of the Death Penalty Representation Project and many positions in the House of Delegates where she has served since 1990. She is a previous member of the Board of Governors representing District 14 (CA) and served a two-year stint as the Section Officers Conference to the Board’s Committee on the Profession, Public Service and Diversity. She is a Life Patron Fellow of the ABF.
She has traveled twice to the Military Commission Hearings (Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four co-defendants) at Guantanamo, Cuba as an observer for the ABA. Pauline has received numerous awards for her legal and civic work, including the ABA’s Nelson Award in 2013 which recognizes outstanding contributions to the ABA by a government lawyer. Previously, she has been honored for her work by being named a "Woman of Achievement" by Alameda County and was 1988 "Woman of the Year" in the 19th Assembly District. In 1993, she was named Outstanding Alumnae, University of Memphis. In 1999, she endowed a scholarship at the law school for a minority student interested in criminal defense.
Pauline is currently President of the Center for Civic Education and has served on its board since 1996. She is past president of California Women Lawyers, past president and co-founder of the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations and a cofounder of the Association of Women Attorneys (Memphis, TN). She is the recipient of the Judith Soley Lawyer as Citizen Award from CWL. She was also a vice president of the California State Bar Board of Governors.
Pauline has worked for years as an advocate for health and human services. In May 2019, she was honored as a longtime advocate for affordable housing in California by having a low income, senior residence named after her – Pauline Weaver Senior Apartments in Fremont. She has been on the Eden Housing Board of Directors since joining in 1988. Recently, she participated in Fremont’s first Emerging Leaders Program - a two-day retreat on Racial Equality Leadership. The breadth of her work and commitment also is demonstrated by her being a founding member of Interfaith Women of Peace, a group which works in the community for understanding and peaceful interaction among different religious faiths. She is currently President of the Center for Civic Education and has served on its board since 1996.
Originally from England, Pauline came to the U.S. at the age of eleven. She earned her bachelor’s and law degree from University of Memphis in Tennessee. She is married to Charles (Charlie) Scribner and they live in Fremont, CA with their two dogs, Jack and George.