The Honorable Amy L. Sekany

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 601

Biography

The Hon. Amy L. Sekany is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2018 by former Governor Jerry Brown. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Dan Grimmer (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Sekany received her B.A. from Millikin University. She went on to earn her J.D. from Valparaiso University School of Law.

Sekany began her legal career at the Lake County Public Defender's Office in Illinois, where she worked as an assistant public defender for one year beginning in 1997. She also worked for one year as a Lake County assistant state's attorney in the State's Attorney's Office.

Then, in 1999, after leaving Illinois, Sekany began a two-year clerkship at the San Jose, California law firm of Wylie, McBride, Platten, and Renner. After her clerkship, she worked as a crisis counselor and case manager at the Tri-Valley Haven domestic violence shelter in Livermore, California beginning in 2001. After three years there, Sekany would become a managing attorney for the Eviction Defense Center, a non-profit law corporation that provides pro bono legal services to low-income tenants in Alameda County. She worked there, for what would be her first stint, from 2005 to 2009.

At that time, Sekany rejoined Wylie, McBride, Platten, and Renner, where she practiced as an associate from 2009 to 2014. She then began her second stint at the Eviction Defense Center, where she served in the same capacity from 2014 to 2016. Sekany was serving as a law facilitator and managing attorney for the Alameda County Superior Court's Self-Help Services at the time of her appointment to the bench in 2018.

While on the bench, Judge Sekany has presided over a general criminal calendar at the Freemont Hall of Justice.