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The Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong

U.S. District Court, Northern District of California

Biography

The Hon. Saundra Brown Armstrong is a senior district judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. She was nominated to the bench by former President George H. W. Bush on April 25, 1991, filling a seat vacated by the Hon. William A. Ingram (deceased). With this nomination, she became the first African-American woman to serve on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Armstrong earned an A.A. from Merritt College in 1967. She then continued her studies at California State University, Fresno, where she completed a B.A. in 1969. After graduating from university, Armstrong joined the Oakland Police Department as its first African-American policewoman.

While working with the Oakland Police Department, Armstrong enrolled in night classes at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She received her J.D. in 1977 and accepted a position as a deputy district attorney in the Office of the District Attorney of Alameda County. At that time, she was the first African-American female prosecutor to serve in the office.

She took a brief absence from the Office of the District Attorney in order to serve as a senior consultant to the California Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice. Then, in 1980, she returned to the Office of the District Attorney, where she served for the next two years.

Armstrong spent the remainder of her legal career working with the federal government. She started as a trial attorney for the Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice in 1982. The following year, she was selected to serve as a commissioner for the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. She was then selected to serve as a commissioner for the United States Parole Commission in 1986.

She was appointed to the Superior Court of Alameda County by former Governor George Deukmejian in 1989. She served in that capacity until her nomination to the United States District Court in 1991.

Armstrong was born and raised in Oakland, California. She also holds an M.Div. from the Pacific School of Religion, a degree she earned in 2012.

Education

M.Div. from Pacific School of Religion (2012)

J.D. from University of San Francisco School of Law (1977)

B.A. from California State University, Fresno (1969)

A.A. from Merritt College (1967)

Career

Judge at Superior Court of California in Alameda County, California (1989 to 1991)

Commissioner at United States Parole Commission (1986 to 1989)

Commissioner at United States Consumer Product and Safety Commission (1983 to 1986)

Trial Attorney at Public Integrity Section of the United States Department of Justice (1982 to 1983)

Deputy District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in Alameda County, California (1980 to 1982)

Senior Consultant at California Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice in Sacramento County, California (1979 to 1980)

Deputy District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in Alameda County, California (1978 to 1979)

Recent Rulings by Hon Saundra Brown Armstrong

  • LEWIS V. UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES INC.

    Sep 30, 2011 | 

    818 F. Supp. 2d 1161 (2011) Brooks LEWIS, on behalf of himself, all others similarly situated, and the general public, Plaintiff, v. UBS FINANCIAL SERVICES INC., et al., UBSs. Case No. C 10-04867 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. September 30, 2011. Scot David Bernstein,...

  • PINEL V. AURORA LOAN SERVICES, LLC

    Aug 30, 2011 | 

    814 F. Supp. 2d 930 (2011) Maritza PINEL, individually and on behalf of all others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, v. AURORA LOAN SERVICES, LLC; and Does 1-25, inclusive, Defendants. Case No. C 10-03118 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. August 30, 2011. Ali Abtahi, Idene...

  • GRAYBILL-BUNDGARD V. STANDARD INS. CO.

    Jun 22, 2011 | 

    793 F. Supp. 2d 1117 (2011) Rachel GRAYBILL-BUNDGARD, Plaintiff, v. STANDARD INSURANCE COMPANY, et al., Defendants. Case No. C 11-703 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. June 22, 2011. Katie Joy Spielman, Terrence J. Coleman, Pillsbury & Levinson, LLP, San Francisco, CA, f...

  • WELLS FARGO BANK, NA V. RENZ

    Jun 9, 2011 | 

    795 F. Supp. 2d 898 (2011) WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., as Trustee for the Clara Poppic Trust, Plaintiff, v. Kenneth G. RENZ, et al., Defendants. and Related Actions. Case No: C 08-02561 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. June 9, 2011. Jan Adam Greben, Jenna L. Motola, Greben ...

  • OSTER V. STANDARD INS. CO.

    May 2, 2011 | 

    768 F. Supp. 2d 1026 (2011) Brent OSTER, Plaintiff, v. STANDARD INSURANCE COMPANY; The Lucasfilm Ltd. Group Long Term Disability Plan; and does 1-20, inclusive, Defendants. Case No. C-09-851 SBA (JCS). United States District Court, N.D. California. May 2, 2011. Brian Henry Kim, Terrence J. Coleman, Pillsbu...

  • WALKER V. MARTEL

    Mar 31, 2011 | 

    803 F. Supp. 2d 1032 (2011) Marvin Pete WALKER, Petitioner, v. Michael MARTEL, Acting Warden of California State Prison at San Quentin, Respondent. No. C 94-1997 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. March 31, 2011. Nanci L. Clarence, Nicole K. Howell, Clarence & Dyer LLP, T...

  • CORDON V. WACHOVIA MORTG., A DIV. OF WELLS FARGO

    Mar 4, 2011 | 

    776 F. Supp. 2d 1029 (2011) Maria Alicia CORDON, Plaintiff, v. WACHOVIA MORTGAGE, a Division of Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., Formerly Known as World Savings Bank FSBM and Golden State Financing, Defendants. Case No. C 09-5333 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. March 4, 2011. M...

  • AT & T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I V. TIVO, INC.

    Mar 1, 2011 | 

    774 F. Supp. 2d 1049 (2011) AT & T INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY I, et al., Plaintiffs, v. TIVO, INC., Defendant. and Related Counterclaims. Case No: C 10-01059 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. March 1, 2011. Bryant Carroll Boren, Jr., Kevin E. Cadwell, Baker Botts, Palo Alto, ...

  • OSTER V. STANDARD INS. CO.

    Jan 5, 2011 | 

    759 F. Supp. 2d 1172 (2011) Brent OSTER, Plaintiff, v. STANDARD INSURANCE COMPANY; The Lucasfilm Ltd. Group Long Term Disability Plan, Defendants. Case No. C 09-00851 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. January 5, 2011. Terrence J. Coleman, Brian H. Kim, Pillsbury & Levins...

  • UNITED STATES V. GATES

    Sep 8, 2010 | 

    745 F. Supp. 2d 936 (2010) UNITED STATES of America, Plaintiff, v. Tommy Andre GATES, Jr., Defendant. Case No. CR-10-00039 SBA. United States District Court, N.D. California, Oakland Division. September 8, 2010. Skye Davis, Trevor Louis Rusin, US Attorney's Office, Oakland, CA, for Plaintiff. Angela Milell...

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