The Honorable Amalia L. Meza

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SD-1803


The Hon. Amalia L. Meza is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. She was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis in 2001.

Meza earned a B.A. from Yale University in 1975. She then received a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1979.

She began her legal career as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society, leading its government benefits unit. She then worked as a litigator with two firms, Sullivan & Jones and Rogers & Wells, where she specialized in business civil litigation. Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served in the Office of the United States Attorney. During her tenure there, she supervised the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force as well as the Narcotics Task Force. She also served as its civil rights coordinator.

At the time of her appointment, Meza was the only Latina presiding in the state trial courts in San Diego.

Meza was raised in East Los Angeles.

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