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Gerald and Kathleen Hill

Gerald and Kathleen Hill are co-authors of 25 books, including The People's Law Dictionary, Real Life Dictionary of the Law, Encyclopedia of Federal Agencies and Commissions, Facts On File Dictionary of American Politics, and the popular Hill Guides: Sonoma Valley: The Secret Wine Country, Napa Valley: Land of Golden Vines; Victoria and Vancouver Island: the Almost Perfect Eden; Northwest Wine Country; Santa Barbara and the Central Coast: California's Riviera; and Monterey and Carmel: Eden by the Sea.

Gerald has practiced law for more than four decades in both San Francisco's financial district and the town of Sonoma, California.  He has an A.B. from Stanford University and Juris Doctor from Hastings College of the Law of the University of California. He was Executive Director of the California Governor’s Housing Commission, drafted legislation, taught at Golden Gate University Law School, served as an arbitrator and pro tem judge, edited and co-authored Housing in California, was an elected trustee of a public hospital, and has testified before Congressional committees.  He has been an adviser to various public and private agencies, including the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guam, and Maryland.

Kathleen is a writer, publisher and newspaper columnist, who graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and has an M.A. in political psychology from California State University.  She was also a Fellow in Public Affairs with the prestigious Coro Foundation, earned a Certificat from the Sorbonne in Paris, France, headed the Peace Corps Speakers’ Bureau in Washington, D.C., worked in the White House for President Kennedy, and was Executive Coordinator of the 25th Anniversary of the United Nations.  Kathleen has served on a Grand Jury, chaired two city commissions and has developed programs for the Institute of Governmental Studies of the University of California.  Her writing credits include the book Festivals USA, and articles for Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Examiner, Wine Spectator, National Geographic Traveler, and Cook’s Magazine.

For several years, the Hills co-taught American Government and Politics at the University of British Columbia, as well as courses at the University of Victoria, and Sonoma State University.  The Hills have been visiting scholars at the Institute of Governmental Studies of the University of California-Berkeley, both write weekly newspaper columns, and they co-host two radio shows (www.ksvy.org). 


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