The Hon. Yolanda Neill Northridge is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench by former Governor Pete Wilson in 1998.
Judge Northridge received her B.A. from Holy Names University in 1967. She graduated with her M.A. in political science from Claremont College in 1975. She then earned her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1978. While in law school, Northridge served as the editor of the Law Review.
After law school, Northridge joined the law firm Crosby, Heafey, Roach, and May. She practiced there for ten years until leaving to go into private practice with her husband, the Hon. Robert D. McGuniness, who was also appointed to serve as an Alameda County Superior Court judge.
While on the bench, Judge Northridge has served as the presiding judge of the Family Law Department and as an assistant presiding judge for the Superior Court. She has also presided over a criminal pretrial calendar.
Her judicial committees have included serving on the Family Law Committee, the Executive Judicial Committee, as well as the Personnel, Library, Bench Bar, and Judge Pro Tempore committees.
Her other memberships have included the Boys and Girls Club of Alameda and the California Judges Association.
Judge Northridge preceded her husband, the Hon. Robert D. McGuiness to the bench by seven years (he was appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court in 2005 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger).
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