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.
She is a registered Democrat.
Judge Mesiwala graduated magna cum laude with her B.A. from the University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law in 1998.
Prior to her appointment to the Superior Court, Mesiwala had served as a commissioner for the court since February 2017. She also served as a senior judicial attorney for the Hon. Ronald B. Robie with California's Third District Court of Appeal beginning in 2006, where she had served as a central staff attorney from 2004 to 2006. Mesiwala joined the Court of Appeal after serving as a staff attorney at the Central California Appellate Program for five years beginning in 1999. That same year, she worked briefly as an attorney at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of California.
Mesiwala has also served as a lecturer at her alma mater, the University of California, Davis School of Law since 2013, where she taught on the subject of appellate advocacy.
Mesiwala, who is an Indian Muslim American, held the distinction of being the first South Asian American to be appointed to a judicial position in Sacramento County. She also served as a co-founder of the South Asian Bar Association of Sacramento.
While on the bench, Judge Mesiwala has been assigned to a dependency calendar.
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