The Hon. Sandra K. Bean is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench in 2006. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Donald B. Squires (Ret.).
Judge Bean graduated cum laude with her B.A. in English in 1975 and her M.A. in physical education in 1977 from Wake Forest University. She also completed the course requirements for her Ed.D. in organizational management from the University of San Francisco. Bean had also completed the course work for her Ph.D. in neuromuscular integration at UC Berkeley with the intention of pursuing a career as an athletic director. Ultimately she decided to change career paths and pursued her law degree instead. She would go on to earn her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1992.
During law school, Bean served as an intern at the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. After graduating from law school, she joined the law firm of William W. Haskell and Associates, where she worked as an associate for two years. Her areas of practice included personal injury, contracts, property disputes and civil liability for assault. In 1994, she left Haskell and Associates to join Clapp, Moroney, Vucinich, Beeman, and Schley, where she continued her work with personal injury litigation and also handled premises liability, landlord-tenant disputes, employment discrimination, and professional negligence matters. She remained with the firm until 2000.
She then left the private sector to work as a deputy county counsel with the Alameda County Counsel's Office, a position she would hold until her election to the bench in 2006. While there, Bean worked in conjunction with Adult Protective Services and the Public Guardian on matters involving the elderly, dependent adults and the mentally ill.
Bean has also taught probate and advanced probate at the Center for Judicial Education and Research.
Her professional organizations have included the Women Lawyers of Alameda County, the Earl Warren Inn of Court, the Elder Access Committee, the Law Day Committee, and her state and local bar associations.
She has also served as a volunteer for Pleasanton Senior Center, the Pleasanton Library Read Project, and Rebuilding Together in Berkeley.
While on the bench, Judge Bean has presided over felony pretrials, and law and motion.