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April 24, 2012 > Catherine Haley

Catherine Haley

For Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Office #20

The people of Alameda County - defendants, plaintiffs and lawyers alike - deserve to be carefully heard and respected when they face legal problems in court. Our courts belong to the people and should serve them in the fairest way possible.

If you believe these things, as I do, then your support for my candidacy will make a difference.

Our legal system presents stumbling blocks for so many people who do not have resources, of time, money and technical knowledge, to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families.

Our courts are no doubt the finest in the world but they can be much better. Over and over again, I hear plaintiffs, defendants and lawyers say that they seek impartial justice, often to no avail.

As a judge I will bring to the courtroom my awareness of the obstacles faced by litigants and attorneys alike. To make a difference in this way would be a privilege and source of great satisfaction.

I have broad and varied experience, gained from working on both sides of the bench. This gives me the ability to hear and treat all parties with a foundation of understanding for their positions and perspectives.

My experience includes jury and judge trials, arbitration and mediation. I have written and defended appeals in the District Courts. As a Judge Pro Tem for 10 years, I preside over trials in small claims court and arraignments and trials in traffic court.

I have represented many people in Family Law matters. My civil litigation practice includes personal injury, real estate, landlord-tenant, civil rights violations. I also work pro bono in the community, offering legal services to struggling single families and underprivileged youth and adults. In criminal law proceedings, I have litigated juvenile felony matters and represented adults in matters from DUIs to domestic violence.

My roots in Alameda County run deep. I am the third generation in my family to live, attend school and work here. As a single mother with custody of two children, 3 and 8 years old, I earned my law degree in 1992 while juggling parenting, work and finances. I began my solo practice in 1993 in downtown Oakland.

My grandparents settled here in the 1930s. My grandfather traveled in the local area as a shoe salesman to support his family. My father was the first in our family to graduate from college and then law school. He was a fighter for the legal rights of the people of Alameda County for more than 40 years, while he supported six children. My brother has been an attorney in Oakland for the past 30 years.

For information about my volunteer work, professional memberships and education please go to

The June 5, 2012 election is fast approaching. If you share my concerns, I hope you will spread the word about my candidacy, volunteer, donate if you are able and, most of all, vote.

Thank you,
Catherine Haley, Attorney

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