The Honorable Vernon K. Nakahara

Alameda County Superior Court, Department retired


The Hon. Vernon K. Nakahara (Ret.) was a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Alameda County Municipal Court in 1989 by former governor George Deukmejian and was subsequently appointed to the Superior Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1995. At the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court, Nakahara succeeded his father-in-law, the Hon. James Walsh, Jr. (Ret.) in his retirement from the bench. After almost thirty years as a judge, Nakahara retired from the bench in 2018 and was succeeded by the Hon. Jason B. Chin.

He was registered as a Democrat.

He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for fourteen years.

As a judge, Nakahara had presided over criminal and civil trials.

Nakahara, who is of Hawaiian and Japanese descent, had family interned in American prison camps during World War II. Nakahara himself grew up in Berkeley, California.

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