The Honorable Rhonda Burgess

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 5

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Biography

The Hon. Rhonda Burgess is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2007. She filled the vacancy created by the elevation of the Hon. Henry Needham to the Court of Appeal.

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge Burgess received a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1982.

Burgess began her legal career as a deputy district attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in 1984.

Three years later, Burgess joined the San Francisco law firm of Hassard, Bonnington, Rogers, and Huber, where she would serve as an associate. During her time with the firm, she would represent the Oakland Police Department in cases involving instances of misconduct.

She then left the private sector to join the San Francisco City Attorney's Office in 1990, where she worked as a senior trial attorney. While there, Burgess worked on child abuse and neglect cases on the behalf of the Department of Human Services. She would remain with the City Attorney's Office for twelve years.

Then, in 2003, the Alameda County Superior Court judges elected Burgess to serve as a juvenile court commissioner. She would remain in that capacity until her appointment to the bench in 2007.

She has been a member of the Charles Houston Bar Association.

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