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The Honorable Cindy S. Hendrickson

Santa Clara County Superior Court, Department 66

Biography

The Hon. Cindy Hendrickson is a judge for the Santa Clara County Superior Court in California. She was elected to the bench on June 5, 2018, after a recall that ousted then sitting judge Hon. Aaron Persky.

Judge Hendrickson received her B.A. in international relations from Stanford University in 1987. She went on to earn her J.D. in 1990 from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. During her time at UCLA School of Law, she served as president of a student organization that provided pro bono legal help for the poor.

She served a clerkship for attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. Then, after law school, she joined the law firm of Thornton, Taylor, Downs, Becker, Tolson, and Doherty as a civil trial attorney in 1990.

After five years with the firm, she joined the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office as a deputy district attorney. In 2011, Hendrickson was named supervising deputy district attorney and subsequently assistant district attorney for the Santa Clara D.A.'s office. She worked at the D.A.'s office for 23 years before her election to the Superior Court in 2018. During her tenure in the D.A.'s office, Hendrickson served on its Domestic Violence Death Review Team as well as its Sexual Assault Team. She also launched the Santa Clara County Financial Abuse Specialist Team in 1999, serving in the Elder Fraud Unit and chairing the Elder Death Review Team.

She has sat on the board of directors for the St. Thomas More Society of Santa Clara County and the St. Vincent de Paul.

She is a recipient of the Robert Webb Award for Misdemeanor Trial Advocacy as well as the Clay Haupert Award for Excellent from the Office of the District Attorney of Santa Clara County.

Hendrickson was raised in Alexandria, Virginia.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law (1990)

B.A. from Stanford University (1987) (International Relations)

Career

Civil Trial Attorney at Thornton, Taylor, Downs, Becker, Tolson and Doherty in San Francisco County, California (1990 to 1995)

Deputy District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California (1995 to 2011)

Supervising Deputy District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California (2011 to 2014)

Assistant District Attorney at Office of the District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California (2015 to 2018)

Law Clerk at Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. in Los Angeles County, California

Law Clerk at Office of the United States Attorney in San Francisco County, California

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