Steven Cogburn, a Clerk at the Superior Court of San Bernardino County
Steven Cogburn currently works at the Superior Court of San Bernardino County as a Clerk, having joined four months ago.
Bridges was nominated for six Academy Awards after portraying ornery U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in Coen brothers’ Western True Grit, earning him six nominations and garnering him widespread acclaim. Since then he has made multiple movies such as Kingsman: The Golden Circle and Bad Times at the El Royale.
Early Life and Education
He began as an appliance salesman at a local store before becoming auto parts manager at Parker Automotive of Holyoke, CO until retiring in 2014. Following that he spent most of his time caring for Marcia until her passing in October 2020.
He earned both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of North Carolina. Additionally, he is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and can practice before all state courts as well as the United States District Court.
Max Cogburn Jr is survived by Anne, his wife of 57 years; two sons: Max Cogburn Jr (and his wife Fran) and Steven Cogburn-Muszynski (and his husband Nick); five grandchildren – Landon and Emma Lynn Cogburn, Merritt Temple, Caroline Branham and AJ Yencho as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Duvall began his acting career during the 1960s with roles primarily consisting of midsized parts in films made by John Wayne. However, it was his performance as Rooster Cogburn in John Wayne’s True Grit that catapulted him to international stardom; for which he won an Academy Award.
Cogburn oversees both the administrative functions of the court system as well as preserving hundreds of thousands of pages of evidence (some in heavy leather binders dating back 100 years). He oversees a staff of 70 people working across 10 floors at Buncombe County courthouse.
He maintains a private practice based in Asheville and is a partner at Cogburn, Goosmann, Brazil & Rose law firm. His clients span businesses and individuals in addition to government entities.
Achievement and Honors
Cogburn’s research focuses on understanding how racism impedes health and education for members of racial minority groups, consulting for organizations that strive for meaningful social change and engagement.
In 2022, she ran for reelection as Buncombe County Clerk after replacing 18-year veteran Bob Christy in January 2009. She monitors legislative issues that impact her office and is interested in initiating a veterans court – something which would connect people to needed social services rather than sending them directly to jail.
She’s currently creating a course called “XR for Good” for MSW students, in which students will analyze existing extended reality (XR) platforms that pose potential socioemotional risks, such as gaming apps. Leading experts will be invited in for lectures and to offer feedback on student projects.
Cogburn is married and the proud father of four children and two stepchildren. An avid sports fan, Cogburn loves watching his beloved Gamecocks no matter the weather or conditions. Additionally, he offers support to local high school athletics such as Brookland-Cayce High School football team – often feeding them steak dinners from his restaurant after big wins!
As Buncombe County clerk, he oversees more than a dozen floors of the courthouse and maintains thousands of records (some dating back 100 years). Together with his staff he handles civil proceedings such as divorces, adoptions and guardianships; probate cases; criminal investigations and arrest warrants.
He is also an in-demand lecturer and consultant to organizations engaged in meaningful social change and activism. In 2018, he joined forces with virtual reality expert Jeremy Bailenson to develop an immersive experience to show and explain racism, discrimination and systemic oppression within our culture.
Cogburn is well-recognized in Buncombe County legal and political circles. His father, Max Cogburn Sr. served as both local judge and chairman of the county Democratic Party while his brother Max Cogburn Jr. currently sits as U.S. District Court Judge Max Cogburn Jr.
Cogburn’s office is known for its 1980s-era paper record system; criminal case files for his cases consist of stacks of envelopes connected by rubber bands. Furthermore, his personality often leads to arguments between colleagues. He is notoriously stubborn.
Ronald made at least two trades of XELA stock in 2019 and owns at least 87,537 units of the company. On 3 September 2019 he exercised 74,000 units worth $2,220 worth of shares for himself as an exercise. Since 2019 Ronald has served on XELA’s board. Furthermore he owns Cogburn LLC in Asheville and ran for Buncombe County Clerk of Superior Court 2022.