The Honorable Virginia M. George

Contra Costa County Superior Court, Department 30

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Biography

The Hon. Virginia M. George is a judge for the Contra Costa County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Jerry Brown in 2017. She filled the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Diana Becton (Ret.).

She is a registered Democrat.

Judge George graduated with her B.A. in political science and public service from the University of California, Davis in 1981. She went on to earn her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1984.

During law school, George served as an intern with the San Francisco County Public Defender's Office. She also served a clerkship with the law firm Pelletreau, Moses, Larson, and Alderson LLP. After graduating from law school, George clerked for one year with the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office before accepting a full-time position as a deputy district attorney in 1986. During her thirteen-year tenure with the D.A.'s office, she helped prosecute sexual and physical abuse against children.

In 1999, George entered into solo practice, where she specialized in estate planning, including conservatorship and guardianships as well as elder abuse and probate matters. George also taught as a professor of law at John F. Kennedy College of Law. While in that role, she established the Elder Law Clinic at the college where she would serve as a supervising attorney. The Clinic provided pro bono legal assistance to individuals over the age of 60 who had been the victims of financial abuse. Then, in 2011, George accepted a partnership at the law firm George, Schofield, McCormick LLP, where she continued to practice elder law, probate, conservatorships, guardianships, and estate planning. She would remain with the firm until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2017.

She also served as a judge pro tem for the Contra Costa County Superior Court's Probate Court.

While on the bench, Judge George has presided in the Criminal Division.

Her memberships have included the Contra Costa County Bar Association and past-president of the Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.

Her interests include gardening and playing the piano.

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