Judge Abdallah was appointed by the California Supreme Court as an initial CJEO member in 2010. He began his judicial career in 1987 as a commissioner for the San Joaquin County Municipal and Superior Courts. He was appointed to the San Joaquin County Municipal Court in 1995 and he joined the San Joaquin County Superior Court in 1998, where he is currently assigned to hear unlimited civil cases. Judge Abdallah served as presiding judge of both the Municipal Court and the Superior Court and his assignments have included criminal trials and major felonies, presiding judge of the appellate division, and supervisor of the civil and criminal grand juries.
In addition to CJEO membership, Judge Abdallah’s judicial ethics experience includes appointments by the California Supreme Court, most recently in 2022, to serve as a special master in matters before for the Commission on Judicial Performance. He also serves on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
As a member of the California Judges Association, he has served as chair of the education and planning committee and as a lecturer. He has also served the judicial branch and the public as a member of the Judicial Council.
Judge Abdallah taught for the Center for Judicial Education and Research for nineteen years and has served as the Chair of its governing committee and lectured at its Judicial College and New Judges Orientation. He has also been an adjunct professor at Humphreys School of Law and a guest lecturer at the University of the Pacific. In 2014, the California Senate honored Judge Abdallah for his contributions to the judicial system.