The Honorable Brad Seligman

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 23

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The Hon. Brad Seligman is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2012.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Seligman received his B.A. from Sonoma State University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. Seligman also served as a teaching fellow at Stanford Law School for one year beginning in 1978.

He then became a clerk for the Hon. Lawrence K. Karlton with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California in 1979. After his clerkship ended, Seligman began his legal career in private practice, joining Saperstein, Seligman, Mayeda, and Larkin in 1981. While there, Seligman would rise from an associate to a partner. At the firm, Seligman served as a civil rights litigator defending litigants in employment discrimination suits against the likes of State Farm and Lucky Stores, Inc. He left the firm in 1994 at the behest of his then-nine-year-old daughter, who wanted to spend more time with her father.

Saperstein et al. bought out Seligman's partnership. Seligman would use the payout as seed money to start the nonprofit Impact Fund in 1992. The program's mission was to provide grants for public interest litigation in an effort to enact social change. The grants would pay for a firm's expenses while they were involved in their particular case, and would only be required to pay the program back if they won their case. The Impact Fund's grants have helped a wide range of issues from protecting the territory of an endangered species to a massive sex discrimination class action suit against the retail giant Wal-Mart.

Seligman also served as a litigation advisor at the Disabilities Rights Education Defense Fund from 1992 to 1999.

In 2010, Seligman became of counsel at Lewis, Feinberg, Lee, Renaker, and Jackson PC., where he would practice until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2012.

His memberships have included serving on the board of directors for the Equal Rights Advocates and the California Rural Legal Assistance.

While on the bench, Judge Seligman has served as the supervising judge of the Civil Complex/Asbestos Departments.

Some of his hobbies include cooking, doing yoga, and reading. He is also a member of a band.

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