Casey McKeever was appointed by the Senate Rules Committee in March 2010. He is an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) for the California Department of Social Services, a position he has held since December 2007. He decides appeals of people who contest state and local agency actions affecting public social services, including Medi-Cal, in-home supportive Services, food stamps, and CalWORKs. Before he became an ALJ, he served for five years as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Committee on Human Services, drafting and analyzing legislation and advising the committee chair on human services issues.
McKeever was an anti-poverty lawyer and advocate for over 25 years with Legal Services of Northern California and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, where he was Directing Attorney of the Sacramento office from 1985 to 2003. He was principally responsible at Western Center for leading state level advocacy efforts on behalf of Californians needing public assistance. He was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services Sandra Smoley to the Welfare Reform Steering Committee in 1998 to assist with implementation of California's CalWORKs program.
For his work, Casey has received a lifetime achievement award from California Food Policy Advocates; an Opening Doors to Justice Award by the Public Interest Clearinghouse; a Legal Services Achievement Award by the Legal Services Section of the State Bar; Public Citizen of the Year by the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; and Ida B. Wells Award for Outstanding Contributions Toward Economic Justice for Women by the Women's Economic Agenda Project.
He received a bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a juris doctorate from Stanford Law School.