The Hon. Sandra Ann Thompson (deceased) was a judge for the Los Angeles County Superior Court in California. She was originally appointed to the South Bay Municipal Court on June 13, 1984, by former governor George Deukmejian. She was then elevated to the Superior Court in 2000 as a result of the court's unification. Thompson, who was 71, passed away in August of 2018. She was succeeded by the Hon. Mario Barrera.
Thompson received her bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California. She attended the University of Michigan on a scholarship where she earned her J.D. in 1972.
After graduating from law school, Thompson became an analyst for the California Assembly's Judiciary Committee from 1973 to 1975. She then became a legislative coordinator for the Department of Consumer Affairs for two years.
Thompson joined the Inglewood City Attorney's Office in 1977 as a deputy city attorney. After four years there, she joined the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office where she served as a deputy district attorney from 1981 to 1983. She was then elected to serve as a court commissioner for the South Bay Municipal Court and was serving in that capacity at the time of her appointment to the bench in 1984.
During her time on the bench, she was elected to serve as a presiding judge in 1986.
Thompson, who was born in Hawkins, Texas, served as past-president of the National Association of Women Judges and was also the founding member of the Association of African American California Judicial Officers.
Some of her many awards included the 2005 Joan Dempsey Klein Distinguished Jurist Award from the California Women Lawyers Association, the 2003 Woman of the Year Award from the Switzer Learning Center, the Jurist of the Year Award in 1999 from the California Association of Black Lawyers, and the Humanitarian Award in 1995 from the Metropolitan YMCA.
Her colleagues remember her as a dedicated and fair jurist.
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