2014-2015 Visiting Professionals

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Carroll Ragland
has been an attorney since 1980. She attained her law degree from San Francisco University. She has practiced civil, family and criminal law. She served as a deputy district attorney for eight years. She was a Court Commissioner in Shasta County for five years. She taught at California Northern Law School for twenty two years. For fifteen years she served as the Dean of Faculty of the law school. Currently, she serves as the attorney for Child Support Services in Plumas County as well as having a private practice. She has served for many years as a pro tem judge for the Butte County Superior Court. She is active in the Butte County Bar Association and served as President. She is married to the District Attorney of Butte County. They have six children and nine grandchildren.



Judge McLean
has served on the Superior Court for Butte County since 2005. She presided over criminal cases (misdemeanors, felonies, drug court, domestic violence court) for five years. For the past four years she has presided over Civil and Probate matters. Prior to her appointment to the bench she was a Certified Family Law Specialist practicing in Chico, California. She is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She attended Georgetown University Law School for her JD. Her undergraduate degree was attained at Cornell University (BSN, Bachelor of Science in Nursing). She served as an Army nurse at Walter Reed to the rank of Captain. She was very active in bar association and community service activities before becoming a judge. She participates,in activities of the California Judges Association and volunteers at the library in Chico. She taught for the Leavitt Institute in Ukraine in 2010. She has conducted innumerable jury and bench trials while serving on the bench.


Mary Stephenson
Received her Juris Doctorate with Dean's Honors from the Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas in 1994. Prior to law school, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 1991 with a B.G.S. in Sociology. Was a law clerk to the Hon. Robert J. Lewis Jr. 1993-94 while in her final year of law school. Lewis was a member of the Kansas Appellate Court in Topeka, Kansas. From 1994 to 1995 she served as a research attorney for the Johnson County District Court judiciary. In 1996 to 2003 she was an assistant district attorney (prosecutor) in Johnson County Kansas (pop. approx. 550,000). In 2003 to present, she has her own law practice doing criminal defense work. She has had approximately 50 jury trials during her 20 years of law practice. She has also been the City Attorney for Louisburg Kansas from 2005 to present. She is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (and a member of the Board of Governors for that group), National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Kansas Women Attorney's Association, Earl O'Conner American Inn of Courts, and the Miami County Bar Association.


William (Bill) Hogle, Q.C.
With a social work background, Bill has been a lawyer in private practice since 1989. Bill’s current focus is on family law and federal prosecutions. Bill has extensive experience in child protection matters, representing the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act Director, foster parents and children involved in child protection litigation, including youth confined as a danger to themselves or others. Bill represents interested parties at public fatality inquiries.
Bill represented a Delegated First Nation Authority delivering statutory child protection services on reserve for 15 years, attending to all court and appellate matters, including fatality inquiries. He continues to advise and negotiate for First Nations’ societies dealing with federal and provincial governments regarding agreements for funding, the delegation of legislated authority, policies, protocols and related matters.
Bill is also a mediator and is often retained to deal with politically sensitive matters, including the removal of life support from a First Nation’s infant in care of the Director, the repatriation of children and the investigation of discrimination and harassment complaints in academic settings.
Bill serves as a volunteer with the Canadian Bar Association, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, various community organizations and international development initiatives. Bill was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010, a standing agent for the Director of Public Prosecutions in 2011 and to the Minister of Human Services’ Family Violence Death Review Committee in 2013.


Jared O. Smith has thirty years trial experience in the State of Arizona in the United States of America. He has served as a City Prosecutor, a Deputy County Attorney, a Deputy Public Defender, and a member of the Criminal Justice Act Panel for the United States District Court for Arizona. As a private attorney in a small town, he now has a general practice, with a special emphasis on asserting the right of employees to work in an environment free from discrimination based upon gender, race, national origin, disability or age. He was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Leadership Advisory Council, charged with studying the structure and practices of State government and suggesting reforms to increase the quality of leadership in the State of Arizona. He served as County Chairman of a major political party, and has been a candidate for public office. He is the chairman of the Eastern Arizona chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Mr. Smith has been married for 31 years. He and his wife, Camille are pleased to have seven children and three grandchildren. He is an active participant in his religion. He continues a lifelong interest in horsemanship. As a young man he worked as a cowboy, and paid for much of his college education by basic training of horses.