The Honorable Morris D. Jacobson

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 13

Biography

The Hon. Morris D. Jacobson is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2005. He filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Horace Wheatley (Ret.).

Judge Jacobson received his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1986.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Jacobson had served as a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office since 1989. Before that, he worked briefly as a deputy attorney general with the Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General beginning in 1988.

Jacobson also served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, UC Hastings College of the Law beginning in 1994.

While on the bench, Judge Jacobson has presided over a criminal trials calendar. He has also served as an assistant presiding judge.

His memberships have included serving on the Criminal Law Advisory Committee, and the Center for Judicial Education and Research's Criminal Law Curriculum Committee. He was also named to serve as an advisory member of the Judicial Council in 2012.

Judge Jacobson received a public admonishment from the Commission on Judicial Performance in July 2012. The Commission alleged abuse of the contempt power and abuse of authority stemming from an incident involving the judge and an appearing attorney. After a heated argument between the two, Judge Jacobson ordered the attorney to sit for one hour in his courtroom without following proper contempt protocol. Some of his comments to the attorney led the Commission to levy the abuse of authority charge.

When not on the bench, Jacobson enjoys cooking, exercising, and watching sports.

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