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The Honorable James E. Herman

Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Barbara - 1 (website)

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Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Department Santa Barbara - 1 (website)

Anacapa Division: (805) 882-4520


Hon. James E. Herman is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Barbara County in California. He was appointed by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in May 2005 to succeed James B. Jennings.

Herman is a Democrat.

He learned Chinese while serving in the U.S. Air Force, and has worked pro bono for Chinese-speaking clients. Before attending law school, Herman did sound and lighting work at Disney World.


J.D. from California Western Law School (1975)

B.A. from University of California at Santa Barbara (1971)


Partner at Reicker, Pfau, Pyle, McRoy and Herman (1999 to 2005)

Partner at Rogers, Sheffield and Herman (1987 to 1999)

Associate at Goux, Romasanta and Cappello (1984 to 1987)

Deputy public defender at Public defender (until 1984)

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