The Hon. Rebekah B. Evenson is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by Governor Gavin Newsom on April 28, 2020, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Kimberly M. Briggs.
Evenson earned an associate’s degree from Bard College at Simon’s Rock (1992) and a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College (1994). During this time, she worked as a program associate at Human SERVE, conducting research, advocacy, and lobbying in support of passage and implementation of the National Voter Registration Act (1993). She was also an associate at Project Vote. In this capacity, she initiated and directed a nationwide election monitoring program for South Africa’s local government elections (1995). Evenson then continued her studies, completing a J.D. at Yale Law School in 1999.
After graduating from law school, Evenson began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Betty B. Fletcher of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The following year, she became a Skadden Fellow for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area. She worked in that capacity for two years, eventually leaving to enter into private practice.
As an associate at Altshuler Berzon, Evenson represented public agencies, labor unions, employees, and individuals state and federal courts, handling civil rights, civil liberties, labor law, employment discrimination, and environmental law matters. Then, in 2008, she joined the Prison Law Office, where she worked as senior staff attorney for the next eight years before being selected as the Director of Litigation and Advocacy for Bay Area Legal Aid.
Evenson is registered as a Democrat.
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