The Hon. Pamela L. Smith-Steward is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2002 by former governor Gray Davis.
Judge Smith-Steward received her B.S. from the University of Southern California in 1982. She went on to earn her J.D. from Harvard Law School 1985.
Smith-Steward began her legal career in private practice working as an associate at the San Francisco law firm of Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe.
Later, Smith-Steward joined the California Department of Corrections, where she worked as staff counsel. A decade later, she would be named chief counsel, where she was tasked with overseeing prison issues, including lawsuits initiated by both inmates and the public.
In 1999, she joined the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General. During her time there, she served as the chief assistant attorney general for then-Attorney General Bill Lockyer. In that capacity, Smith-Steward managed the A.G.'s staff of 400 plus employees, which also included serving as counsel for the governor and other state elected officials. She would hold that position until her appointment to the bench three years later.
J.D. from Harvard Law School (1985)
B.S. from University of Southern California (1982)
Chief Assistant Attorney General at California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General (1999 to 2002)
Chief Cousel at California State Department of Corrections (1995 to 1999)
Staff Attorney at California State Department of Corrections (1985 to 1995)
Associate at Orrick, Herrington, and Sutcliffe in San Francisco County, California