Judge Sanders graduated from the Law School of Natal University (South Africa) in 1979, and then went on to Cambridge University (England) where she obtained a Master’s degree in Law in 1981.
She started her legal career as an Assistant Professor at the University of Cape Town where she taught Corporate Law and Torts. She later practiced as a Barrister for five years trying both criminal and civil matters.
In January 1986 Judge Sanders joined Latham & Watkins where she practiced as an associate until 1992, and then as a partner from 1992 to 2000. At Latham &Watkins, she focused primarily on commercial matters including securities and intellectual property disputes.
She has taught Federal Courts and Advanced Civil Procedure as an adjunct professor at
Judge Sanders was sworn in as a Judge of the Superior Court of California in January 2003. In her eleven (11) years on the Bench, she has presided over a wide range of criminal and civil matters.
She has participated in the administration of the Orange County Superior Court in several capacities as: (1) a member of the Technology Committee, and the Chair of the Finance Committee; (2) the Supervising Judge of the Harbor Justice Center comprised at that time of three courthouses located in Newport Beach, Laguna Hills and Laguna Niguel; and (3) the Supervising Judge of the Civil Panel; (4) the Assistant Presiding Judge, and (5) the Presiding Judge.
Judge Sanders received the McCray Award for judicial excellence, as well as the Judge of the Year award from several bar associations including the Orange County Bar Association’s Business Litigation Section, the Orange County Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Board of Trial Attorneys’ Association, and the Orange County Women Lawyers’ Association.
In August 2012 she was elected by her peers to the position of Assistant Presiding Judge. In October 2013 the judges of the Orange County Superior Court elected her as Presiding Judge for a two-year term beginning January 2014.
- Master's degree in Law from Cambridge University (1981)
- Law from Natal University Law School (1979)
- Attorney at Private Practice (2000 to 2002)
- Attorney at Latham & Watkins (1986 to 2000)
- Barrister at Court (1981 to 1986)
- Assistant professor (Corporate Law & Torts) at University of Cape Town