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The Honorable C. Don Clay

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 6 (website)

Court Info

Alameda County Superior Court, Department 6 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (510) 891-6047

Biography

The Hon. C. Don Clay is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2003 by former governor Gray Davis. He filled the vacancy created by the death of the Hon. Richard Inglehart (deceased).

Judge Clay received his B.S. in computer science from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1981.

Clay began his legal career in private practice, where he practiced both criminal and civil law for several years. His areas of practice on the criminal side included misdemeanors, felonies, and white-collar crimes. While his civil side included business disputes, entertainment litigation, and personal injury cases. As an entertainment defense lawyer, he represented several Bay Area rappers such as Too Short, E-40, and Karupt.

Clay left the private sector in 2002 to join the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California, where he would become the first assistant U.S. Attorney, second only to then-U.S. Attorney Kevin V. Ryan. Clay remained in that position until his appointment to the Superior Court a year later.

His memberships have included serving on the board of directors of the Wiley Manuel Law Foundation, and as a member of the Alameda County Bar Association, the Charles Houston Bar Association, the National Bar Association, and the California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.

His professional organizations have included serving on the San Francisco Juvenile Justice Commission, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission, and the San Francisco Fire Commission.

While on the bench, Judge Clay has presided over a criminal trials calendar.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1981)

B.S. from University of California, Berkeley (Computer Science)

Career

First Assistant U.S. Attorney at U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California (2002 to 2003)

Attorney at Private Practice (1998 to 2002)

Partner at Clay and White (1995 to 1998)

Partner at Clay, Hall, and Hove (1989 to 1992)

Partner at Dubois, Hove, and Clay (1985 to 1987)

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