Scott C. Clarkson has served as a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California since January 20, 2011. His undergraduate degree is from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and he received his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia.
From 1977 to 1982, Judge Clarkson was legislative assistant to United States Congressman Harold L. Volkmer in Washington, D.C., assigned to the United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, where he was a direct observer of and participant in the creation of the 1978 Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to his appointment, Judge Clarkson practiced bankruptcy law and bankruptcy litigation for more than 20 years in Los Angeles, and served as chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section from 2008 to 2009.
Judge Clarkson is also an established documentary photographer. As a photojournalist, he has documented events throughout the United States, Southeast and Central Asia and South America for over 20 years. Some of his photography may be seen here - http://scottclarksonphotography.com/
His book of photographs, Windows to Vietnam- A Journey in Pictures & Verse, was published in 2007 and is now in its second edition. The book was designated as “Editors Choice” by the United States Military Academy (West Point) Association of Graduates Alumni Magazine in 2008.
Judge Clarkson also travelled to Afghanistan, Pakistan and Kashmir in 2008 – 2009, and Jordan and Syria in 2014, covering recent events in these regions of the world. He uses a Leica M7 and Hasselblad 500 C/M for film, and Leica M8 and M9 for digital images.
Judge Clarkson also holds a valid United States Coast Guard Ship Captain’s license (OUPV) and skippers his 1994 42' Grand Banks Classic, the "Starry Decisis.".
Built in Singapore in 1993, arrived in Seattle, 1994, moved to San Diego, and restored 2013-2016 by yours truly.
This 42’ Grand Banks trawler motor vessel was built by American Marine PTE, LTD at Singapore of fiberglass in 1993 with a 1994 model year.
The Electrical System
Navigation Lights: International Electric
Number of Batteries: 2- 8D; 1- 4D (AGM), Boxed
Voltage: 12 VDC;120 VAC; 60 Hertz
DC Wiring: 2- Wire Copper Stranded Sheathed Circuit Protection: Breakers & Fused
AC Wiring: 3- Wire Copper Stranded Sheathed Circuit Protection: Breakers & Fused
Electrical Panel Locations: Lower Helm Station
Volt Meters: AC & DC, Main AC Breaker Capacity: 50 Amp
Additional Electrical Equipment: 6- Battery Switches; Sentry 12 VDC 40 Amp Charger; Magnum ME2012 / 2000 watt Inverter / Charger; Echo Charger; Cathodic Protection System; GE 5.0 KVa Isolation Transformer; Inverter Remote Control; Xantrex Link Lite DC Monitor; AC Ammeter; Battery Charger Remote Control; Cigarette Lighter Power Adapter; 2- 50 Amp 125 VAC Shore Power Inlets; 30 and 50 Amp Shore Power Cords.
The Safety Equipment
Fire Extinguishers: 4 Type: ABC, BC Size I Dry Chemical
Certification Date Portables: 2017; Distress Signals: 1- Orion Kit
Carbon Monoxide Detectors, Smoke Alarms:
Life Raft, Life Jackets:19 - Type II, III, V
EPIRB: ACR Global Fix Pro RLB-37 sn: 777 Throwable: 1- 24” Ring w/ Lanyard; 2- Cushions
Engine Room Fire System: Kidde Halon 1211
Additional Safety Equipment: Navigation Rules; Alarm Panel (water temp, oil pressure, bilge pumps, engine room lights); First Aid Kit; Emergency Tiller; Radar Reflector, and of course, the Bar.
In 1962, Robert J. Newton and his sons, John and Whit, were running a custom boatyard on Junk Bay in Hong Kong called American Marine, Ltd. Father and sons built heavy sailboats and big motor yachts, to designs by the world's top marine architects - Sparkman & Stevens, William Garden, Nat Herreshoff, Ray Hunt and others.
That year they commissioned Kenneth Smith, another well-known marine architect, to design a 36 foot, diesel-powered cruising boat. Spray was launched in 1963 and a year later the Newtons abandoned their custom yacht building to focus on producing the first of a line of boats that would be known as Grand Banks.