The Hon. Clare M. Maier is a judge on the Superior Court of Contra Costa County in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on October 3, 2007, filling a newly created seat. She was automatically re-elected in 2010 after running unopposed.
Maier earned a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1987. She then completed a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1990.
After graduating from law school, Maier worked as an associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker from 1990 to 1992. She then moved to Cooley Godward, where she spent the next year practicing as an associate.
Maier left the private sector in 1993, accepting a position as a deputy public defender with the Office of the Public Defender of Contra Costa County. She served there for four years, eventually moving to the Office of the Alternate Public Defender in 1997.
Then, in 2001, Maier was selected to serve as a court commissioner for the Superior Court of Contra Costa County. She held this position at the time of her appointment to the bench.
Maier has been the U.S. Trainer for Macedonian Judges in Advanced Targeted Criminal Procedure Training. She has also taught as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
She has won many awards for her legal achievements. These have included the Wiley P. Manual Award for pro bono service in 1992, the Zero Tolerance Award for Leadership and Service in 2010, the Service Award from the Women’s Section of the Contra Costa County Bar Association in 2014, and the Rose Bird Memorial Award in 2015.
Maier is registered as a Democrat.