The Honorable Sharon L. Kalemkiarian

San Diego County Superior Court, Department SB-17


The Hon. Sharon L. Kalemkiarian is a judge for the Superior Court of San Diego County in California. She was appointed by former governor Jerry Brown on December 12, 2014, filling a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position.

Kalemkiarian earned a B.A. from Princeton University in 1979. She then received a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1989.

She began her legal career as a law clerk for the Hon. Gordon Thompson, Jr. at the United States District Court for the Southern District of California in 1989. Then, from 1991 to 1993, she served as a Skadden Fellow at the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, founding the Juvenile Court Emancipation Clinic.

After the conclusion of her fellowship, Kalemkiarian joined the Child Advocacy Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law, where she worked as a supervising attorney for three years. She then became the director of San Diego Project Heartbeat, a position she held until 2000.

Prior to her appointment to the bench, Kalemkiarian was a certified family law specialist and partner at Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson, and Kalemkiarian.

She has taught child advocacy, community property, and family law as an adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law from 2010 to 2014.

Kalemkiarian has been a member of the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board. She is a recipient of the Fay Stender Award from California Women Lawyers. She was also named Legal Professional of the Year by the San Diego County Bar Association.

She is registered as a Democrat.

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