The Honorable Kenneth C. Mennemeier, Jr.

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 135


The Hon. Kenneth C. Mennemeier, Jr. is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2015 by former governor Jerry Brown. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Roland L. Candee (Ret.).

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Mennemeier received his B.A. from Northern Illinois University. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

Mennemeier served a year-long clerkship for the Hon. Robert Boochever (deceased) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit beginning in 1981. After completing his clerkship, Mennemeier began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Latham and Watkins in 1982. A year later, he would join Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe LLP, where he would be named a partner in 1989. Then, in 1995, Mennemeier joined the Diepenbrock Law Firm, where he would serve as a shareholder until becoming a partner at Mennemeier Glassman LLP in 1997. He would hold that position until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2015.

While on the bench, Judge Mennemeier has presided over the dependency court.

In 2017, Judge Mennemeier submitted an article to the Sacramento Lawyer Magazine, which he co-wrote with his daughter, Kelly A. Mennemeier, that pondered the idea of using artificially intelligent juries in future courtrooms.

In his free time, Judge Mennemeier enjoys training for and competing in marathons. As of 2016, he had completed in 24 marathons, which included the Chicago Marathon, the San Francisco Marathon, and the Boston Marathon.

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