Neil Bodine

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Neil Bodine is a Senior Partner of California labor law firm, Beeson, Tayer & Bodine, Specializing in public and private sector labor law, and in joint labor- management training, mediation, facilitation and collaborative problem solving.


Gonzaga University (1964) B.A. magna cum laude, Gonzaga University (1965) M.A. Philosophy, University of California School of Law, Berkeley (1974) J.D.[1]


Member, California State Bar, various United States District Courts, Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit, District of Columbia, United States Supreme Court. Master trainer and senior advisor to the president for the Center for Collaborative Solutions. Secretary and founding director of the International Center for the Collaborative Workplace (ICCW). Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR); Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA); AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; American, California, and Federal Bar Associations. Instructor in public sector labor law and private sector labor law, University of California, Davis Extension (1980-1985; 1991-1992). Executive Director, Stanislaus County Community Action Agency (1968-1971)[2] .

Standing for AD 1

In 2019 Neil Bodine stood from AD 1 for the California Democratic Party Central Committee.

My name is Neil Bodine. I am running for delegate in AD1. I have been involved in Democratic politics since 1968. I spent a 40 year career as a union labor attorney. For the last 4 years, I have been helping unions in the public sector negotiate collective bargaining agreements effectively and mediated disputes that affect workers and employees. I am an officer on the Nevada County Democratic Central Committee and the incoming 1st Vice Chair. In that capacity I have spent many hours raising funds to contribute to and support local Democratic candidates for office, helped mount local events educating the public regarding Democratic issues and values and collaboratively developed strategies to improve the effectiveness of the Democratic Party in Nevada County.

As a result of our efforts, we raised over $20,000 this year to support candidates and helped elect 7 out of 10 of the candidates we supported. I am running for delegate because I want to support greater transparency and inclusiveness in the State Party, particularly regarding the election of State officers. I would also like to help heal the divisions that came out the last election for State Party Chair. The divisions have been detrimental to the Party and unity is sorely needed for the upcoming election cycle. I am a member of the Rural Caucus and want to continue to advocate for rural issues such as extending broadband, so we can attract business into our rural area. I also want to advocate for better health coverage for our rural residents, preferably universal health care by the State.[3]