Schell, who has lived and worked in Amador County since 2001, has been a trial attorney for more than 20 years, and has taken more than 100 cases to trial, approximately 80 of which were criminal jury trials, the majority of them serious felonies.
“We shouldn’t allow Gov. Brown, or any other governor who is elected in the future, choose our Amador County judge,” Schell said. “Amador County citizens need to understand the system of how judicial appointments are made, and how successful that process has been since 1966 (when the policies were implemented), in protecting appointees from challengers in local elections for our county judges. The State doesn’t really want any of us voting for our local judges."
If anyone is interested in learning about that process, how it works, or is merely interested in meeting him, Schell said he would gladly speak at any meeting of any civic association, local group or other organization at any time.
“There’s really not a lot of time before this election for Amador County Residents to learn about either myself or Gov. Brown’s appointee, and why they should support or vote for either of us. I’m a very experienced trial attorney, who has often fought against what I thought were unjust situations. To be a successful defense attorney in a small county, you practically have to take a vow of poverty, and live your life as a 'warrior monk',” he quipped.
Schell joined the United States Army at 17, holding dual Military Occupational Specialties as Infantryman and Cavalry Scout, and after graduating the Basic Airborne Course, served as a paratrooper in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, where he attended Jungle School, Recondo school, two Non Commissioned Officer academies, and took advantage of various other training opportunities. He also served in the 5th Infantry Division, and after mustering out of the regular Army, he continued to serve in the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division’s Airborne Long Range Surveillance Unit.
While serving in the Guard, Schell earned an Associates Degree in Journalism at L.A. Pierce College; a Bachelors of Arts degree in International Relations at the University of Southern California, and finally received his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University’s School of Law.
“Most of the people I’ve represented over the years haven’t had many resources,” he explained. “Therefore I’ve lost money at every jury trial I’ve ever conducted in Northern California, but I’ve also achieved an approximately 80-85% rate of acquittal at trial over my career."
Schell is also a member of Amador's local American Legion Post No. 108, and routinely acts in various theatrical productions of the Volcano Theater Company. “It’s a lot of fun to do those plays,” he said.
|Robert Schell (far left) won Best Supporting Actor in Volcano Theater's "Lost in Yonkers"|
“I am proud to state that even Judge Hermanson, while he was still a Deputy District Attorney in the Amador County District Attorney’s office, once described me as ‘relentless,’” Schell said.
“And it’s true,” he said, “I am relentless in trying to make our justice system work properly. Most of the time, it’s an impossible fight against overwhelming odds, but that’s the way I like it."
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|Robert Schell (right) in Volcano Theater's "A Visit to a Small Planet".|
|Robert Schell in Volcano Theater's "Boeing, Boeing" (Front right)|