The Honorable Emily E. Vasquez

Sacramento County Superior Court

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Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 32 (website)

Clerk phone: 916-874-5682

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Hon. Emily E. Vasquez is a judge for the Superior Court of Sacramento County in California, appointed in 2001.

Hon. Vasquez is the first Latina judge to serve on the Sacramento County Superior Court (she was born to non-English speaking immigrant farm laborers - see link below for full details from the Lodi News Sentinel article).

Vasquez has won the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Sacramento County Bar Association for her efforts volunteering with the Health Education Council, a nonprofit community-based organization committed to providing health education for at risk adults and children.

Vasquez is married to Ralph Lightstone, also a lawyer in the Sacramento area. Their children (now adults) are Sarah and Daniel.


  • J.D. from University of California, Berkeley (1977)
  • Bachelor's Degree from University of California, Davis (1974) (Regent's Scholarship)


  • Judge at Superior Court of Sacramento County in Sacramento, CA (from 2001)
  • Attorney at Kronick, Moscovitz, Tiedemann & Girard (1993 to 2001)
  • Assistant public defender at Sacramento County Public Defender's Office in Sacramento, CA (1985 to 1993)
  • Appellate attorney at California Public Relations Board (1983 to 1985)
  • Commission counsel at California Fair Employment and Housing Commission (1981 to 1983)
  • Attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance (1977 to 1981)