Sunday, May 09, 2010

Richard Gordon Burns, JD, CDAAC, Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae
May, 2010
Richard Gordon Burns, J.D., CDAAC
(Pen Name: Dick B)


Born: Stockton, California, May 15, 1925
Two married sons: Ken and Don
Residence: P.O. Box 837, Kihei, Maui, Hawaii 96753-0837
Phone/fax: 808 874 4876


J. D. Leland Stanford Junior University, Law – 1951
B.A. Leland Stanford Junior University, Major: Law – 1949
A.A. (Honorable Mention) University of California, Berkeley, Economics - 1948


News reporter, Stockton Record, Stockton, California
Sergeant; U.S. Army; 1943-1946; Information/Education Specialist;; ASTP; The Infantry School, Fort Benning, GA.; 86th. Infantry Division; 766 Military Police Battalion; Honorable Discharge
Special college training: Army Information & Education Branch at Washington
And Lee University, Virginia.
Attorney, Clausen & Burns, San Francisco, 1951-1961
Attorney: Solo Practitioner, Corte Madera, CA, 1961-1986
Consultant, Wyoming Pacific Oil Company, 1955 –
Consultant, UNITI, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2003 -
Author/Publisher, California and Hawaii, 1990 –
Executive Director, Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated, 2006 –
Executive Director, International Christian Recovery Coalition, 2009 –
Certified Christian Drug, Alcohol & Addiction Counselor
Curriculum Advisory Council, Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug
Counselors Institute
American Association of Christian Counselors


Eagle Scout
California Scholastic Honor Society
Delegate, American Legion Boys State, Sacramento, California
Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year, University of California. Berkeley
President, Inter-Fraternity Scholastic Honor Society, U.C. Berkeley
Legislation Editor, and later, Case Editor, Stanford Law Review
Josephus Award, Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Institute
Marquis Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in
The West, Who’s Who in Law, and Who’s Who in Finance


Gale’s Contemporary Authors
International Authors and Writers Who’s Who
Heritage Who’s Who
Bowker’s Books in Print (Authors).

Lecturer: Archives 2000 (AA International Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota)

Principal Speaker:

Leadership Meting, Lifelines, The Crossing Church, Costa Mesa, California, 2010
Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery, Filming, New Life Spirit
Recovery, Inc., Huntington Beach, California, 2010.
Introductory Foundations for Christian Recovery, Staff meeting, Pacific Hills
Treatment Centers, Inc., San Juan Capistrano, California, 2010.
The Good Book and The Big Book, Neighborhood Church, Neighborhood
Alcoholics for Christ, Escondido, California, 2010
The Good Book and The Big Book, His Place Church meeting, Huntington
Beach, CA, October, 2009
Rock Recovery Bonfire Meeting, San Diego, California, October, 2009
Christian Origins of A.A., Church of the Open Door recovery meeting, Glendora, California, October, 2009
“Black Experience” A.A. Meeting on Oahu, Hawaii, September, 2009
Christian Recovery in Brazil TV Filming, Honolulu, Hawaii, September, 2009
Step Study Meeting, Kailua, Hawaii, September, 2009
Address to mental health and substance abuse professionals and patients at
Spark Matsunaga Veterans Administration Medical Center, Honolulu,
Hawaii, September, 2009
Alumni, Hina Mauka Treatment Program, Kaneohe, Hawaii, September, 2009
3 Day A.A. History Seminar, Men’s Step Study Graduation Campout, Oahu,
Hawaii, September, 2009.
International Christian Recovery Leadership Conference, San Juan Capistrano,
California, 2009
History and Roots of Alcoholics Anonymous, Turning Point Fellowship,
Cornerstone Church, Livermore, California, 2009
The James Club of Norco, California, 2009
A New Way Out History Recovery Conference, Irvine, California, 2009
Nationwide History Recovery Conference, Pasadena-North Hollywood-San
Dimas, California, 2008
Dr. Bob’s Birthplace and Boyhood Home, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, 2007
Men’s Step Group Graduation Seminars (2 days), Oahu, Hawaii, 2006, 2007
City Team Recovery Conference (4 days), MayMac, Santa Cruz, California, 2006
Believers 12 Step Study Group, Maui, Hawaii, 2006
Community Recovery Meeting, Kona, Hawaii, 2006
Nine annual A.A. Heritage Seminars, 1995 through 2005, at the birthplace of A.A. Co-Founder Bill Wilson, the Wilson House, East Dorset, Vermont
Annual Dinner, Oregon Lawyers Assistance Program, Portland, Oregon, 2005
Stan Hywet Museum and Gardens Opening of the Gate Lodge Home of Henrietta Buckler Seiberling in Akron, Ohio, 2004
The First Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, February, 2003
The Second Nationwide Alcoholics Anonymous History Conference in Wilmington, Delaware, August, 2003
The Golden Text of A.A. History Seminar, Nashville, Tennessee
Hope Chapel Recovery History Meeting, Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii, 2002
A.A. History Workshop, Ala Moana Hotel, Oahu, Hawaii, 2001


Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug Counselors Conference, Palm Springs,
California, August, 2009
Two Television (two hours each) Presentations with Bob Noonan, Interviewer,
Irvine, California, 2009
Alcoholics Anonymous History Film, Claremont, CA; April 21, 2008
Reaching Out To the Faith Community Conference, Windward Community
College, Kaneohe, HI, 2008
Transformation Hawaii Christian Athletes Workshop, Honolulu, 2008
Three Youth with A Mission Addictive Behavior School Seminars, University of the Nations (YWAM, Kona, Hawaii), 1996, 1998, 2007
Christ Ship Reclamation and Recovery Project Meeting, Honolulu, HI, 2007
125th Anniversary, Christian Endeavor International, Cannon Office Building, Washington, D.C., 2006
A.A. History Cruise, Dawn Princess to Alaska, 2006
A.A. History Cruise, Mariner of the Seas to Caribbean, Sober Celebrations, 2005
Tampa Bay Clean and Sober Conference, Tampa, Florida, 2005
Christian Life Enrichment Retreats for AAs and their families in Wisconsin, Florida, and California (eight retreats), 1996 – 2005
Pre-Conference Seminar, Research Society on Alcoholism, Vancouver, B.C., 2004
Two Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation Conferences on Addiction and A.A. History. Pittsburgh, 1995, 1997
Keynote Speaker, Bill Wilson-Samuel Shoemaker Memorial, Pittsburgh,
Two International Conventions of Alcoholics Victorious, New Jersey and California
International Convention of Overcomers Outreach, Inc., California
Conferences of Overcomers in Minnesota and Florida;
Conference of four Protestant churches training others for recovery ministry:
“Shepherding the Shepherds,” Costa Mesa, California;
Luncheon session for students at the Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota;
The N.E.T Ministries Conference at Okeechobee, Florida;
The first international conference of International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition .at Indian River in Florida, called by Bishop Frank Costantino;
Two “Day in Marin” Alcoholics Anonymous History Conferences in Mill Valley, California, 1991 and 1992;
“Rule 62” AA conference in Kentucky;
Commemorative program in Akron, Ohio, introducing The Akron Genesis of
Alcoholics Anonymous, with former Congressman John F. Seiberling, Orator Rev. T. Willard Hunter, Oxford Group activist James Draper Newton, and Dr. Bob’s daughter Sue Smith Windows;
Spiritual History retreats, both Protestant and Roman Catholic, for
alcoholics and their families in Hawaii and California
Frequent interviews on Christian and secular radio talk shows
in North Carolina, Utah, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Wisconsin, Detroit, Toronto, Indiana, Nevada, California, Oregon, and elsewhere
Television presentation on A.A. history for Cornerstone TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


39 published titles on the history of Alcoholics Anonymous, its spiritual roots, and its early successes--all listed and described in Bowker’s Books in Print and at the author’s website:

Over 350 published articles on this subject: See
Examples on;;;

Weekly radio show on Take Twelve Radio, Albany, Oregon, Station KHLT.

100 plus audio talks on the Dick B. Blog site: http://www.dickb-blog.shtml;

15 session television series on the Dick B. A.A. historical collections in Maui – presented on Community Public Television stations in the Hawaiian Islands for Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii.

Five radio/TV show repeat interviews: People Helping People; Take 12 Radio;
Recovery Life; Last Call; Danny Fontana Show; CityTeam radio.

Eight hour podcast: Just For Today


American Historical Assn. (AHA)
Organization of American Historians (OAH)
American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)
Alcohol and Drugs History Society (ADHS)
Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA)
Assn for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA) International Substance Abuse and Addiction Coalition (ISAAC)
International Christian Recovery Coalition
Christian Assn for Psychological Studies (CAPS)
Association of Christian Drug & Alcohol Counselors
The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP)
Coalition of Prison Evangelists (COPE)
Press Club of San Francisco (during California residence)
Maui Writers Guild
Stanford Alumni Association
Delta Tau Delta
Phi Delta Phi (legal fraternity)
Phi Beta Kappa

Religious, Civic, and Community Leadership Activities:

President: Mill Valley Community Church (UCC), Mill Valley, California
Advisor to God’s Way Ministry, a Christian Church, Maui, Hawaii
Elected Director, Almonte District Sanitary Board of Marin County, California President: Community Church Retirement Center (The Redwoods) in Mill Valley,
President: Corte Madera Chamber of Commerce, Corte Madera, California
President: Corte Madera Center Merchants Council, Corte Madera, California
Founder: Marin County Chamber of Commerce, San Rafael, California
President: Almonte District Improvement Club, Marin County, California
Vice-President (and Secretary), Lions Club of Corte Madera
Vice-President, Enchanted Knolls Homeowners Assn, Mill Valley, California Director: Clean Fuels Hawaii, Oahu, Hawaii
Executive Director, Freedom Ranch Maui Incorporated, Maui, Hawaii
Executive Director, International Christian Recovery Coalition Curriculum Advisory Committee, Association of Christian Alcohol and Drug
Counselors Institute, Redlands, California

Additional Comments:

As an attorney, wrote, presented briefs, and participated in oral arguments before United States Supreme Court (briefs in two cases); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Courts in San Francisco, Alaska, Sacramento; California Supreme Court; Nevada Supreme Court; California District Courts of Appeal; trials in Superior and Municipal Courts throughout the State of California, and the Nevada District Court (Reno).

(1) As a member of the law firm of Clausen and Burns in San Francisco, handled merger of Young Men’s Christian Assn of California with Trustees of Young Men’s Christian Assn; (2) reorganization under Exec. Secretary Roy Sorensen of Metropolitan YMCA in San Francisco; (3) all legal matters for Metropolitan YMCA in San Francisco; (4) In Clausen and Burns law firm, and later as solo practitioner, general practice; (5) Major building construction projects. (6) Wills, trusts, probate, and estates; (7) Extensive litigation and arbitration practice; (8) Domestic relations; (9) Corporate law; (10) Non-profit organizations and exemptions, (11) Appellate practice. (12) Small business problems.

As a recovered member of a Twelve Step Fellowship clean and sober since April 21, 1986: attended thousands of meetings; regional and international conferences; Big Book Seminars; weekend spiritual retreats; speaker at hundreds of meetings; served as G.S.R., secretary, treasurer, greeter, and set-up helper; was a patient and later led groups at a local treatment center; participated in many fellowship outings at Yosemite Valley, the Russian River Area, Westminster Woods Retreats, the Sacramento Spring Fling, International Conventions, Area conventions in Fresno and Monterey and Oakland and Honolulu, Maui Roundup, Maui Mini-Conference, and dances; sponsored more than 100 men in their recovery; brought many of these men to Christ and into Bible study and A.A. history presentations and participation; and led most in their study of A.A.’s basic text and guided them in their “taking” the Twelve Steps.

As an historian and writer, 20 years. Published by Baker Book House, Glen Abbey Books, Hazelden Foundation Educational and Publishing, The Bishop of Books, Good Book Publishing Company, Paradise Research Publications, Inc., and Came to Believe Publications – over 175000 copyrighted books in print.


Gloria Deo

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