The Honorable Charles A. Smiley III

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 404


The Hon. Charles A. Smiley, III is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2012 by former Governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Paul D. Fogel.

He is registered decline-to-state.

Judge Smiley received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1997.

After law school, Smiley joined the Alameda County Public Defender's Office, where he served as a deputy public defender for ten years.

Then, in 2007, Smiley was named a court commissioner for the Alameda County Superior Court. He would hold that position until his appointment to the bench in 2012. During his time as a court commissioner, Smiley presided over the family law and traffic courts.

While on the bench, Judge Smiley has served as presiding judge for the Juvenile Department. He has also presided over a juvenile dependency calendar at the Juvenile Justice Center.

In 2016, Judge Smiley was appointed by the Hon. Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye to serve on the Power of Democracy Steering Committee. The Chief Justice established the committee to oversee her civic learning initiative. Judge Smiley's appointment to the committee was for a two-year term.

Judge Smiley has also taught as an instructor at UC Hastings College of the Law as well as UC Berkeley School of Law.

He was a past president of the Earl Warren American Inns of Court and served on the board of directors for the Charles Houston Bar Association, the California Association of Black Lawyers, and the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation, Inc.

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