The Honorable Shama Hakim Mesiwala

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 53

Biography

Hon. Shama Hakim Mesiwala is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in December 2017.

Mesiwala earned a B.A. from the University of California, San Diego in 1995. She then completed a J.D. at the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1998.

After graduating from law school, Mesiwala began her legal career as a staff attorney in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of California. Later that year, she moved to the Central California Appellate Program, where she practiced until 2004.

Mesiwala then joined the California Third District Court of Appeal. She served as a central staff attorney (2004 to 2006) as well as a senior judicial attorney (2006 to 2017) for the Hon. Ronald B. Robie. Then, in 2017, she was named court commissioner for the Sacramento County Superior Court. She held this position until her appointment to the bench.

She has taught appellate advocacy as a lecturer at the University of California, Davis School of Law since 2013.

As an Indian Muslim American, Mesiwala holds the distinction of being the first South Asian American to be appointed to a judicial position in Sacramento County. She is also the co-founder of the South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento.

Mesiwala is a registered Democrat.

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