Chris Arend

Paso Robles School Board Trustee will be speaking in front of our group on June 3rd at 6pm in the Republican Headquarters in Atascadero. We are pleased to have him because of his experience and insight into the changes that are going on in California Schools due to radical changes in how and what our children are taught. Chris will explain two major issues; 1. the sex education curriculum and

Chris was born in San Diego in 1951 and grew up in Novato, California, where he graduated high school in 1969.  After three semesters in junior college, he enlisted in the US Army and was trained as an interpreter for German in the military police.  He reached the rank of sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1974.  Chris returned to California where he completed his associate arts degree in foreign languages at College of Marin before being admitted to the undergraduate political science program at UC Berkeley.  Chris broke of his undergraduate work at UC Berkeley after being accepted to study law at the Johannes-Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, Germany.  Chris graduated German law school and passed the German first state bar exam in 1979, and then returned to California to study law at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall, where he received a J.D. degree and passed the California Bar Exam in 1981.

Chris returned to Germany for the two-year clerkship program required for the German legal profession.  He passed the German second state bar exam and is one of approximately six born and raised Americans who have ever been admitted to the German bar.  After a brief stint in New York City, Chris returned to Germany where he practiced law for 20 years in a leading international law firm in a large range of international matters, including litigation, commercial and corporate law, finance, and international commercial arbitration.  Chris retired from the practice of law and returned to California to settle on the Central Coast in 2005.  He has lived in Heritage Ranch since 2006 with his wife and son, who is now a sophomore at Paso Robles High School.  Chris now works as a translator of German legal documents into English.