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The Honorable Richard K. Sueyoshi

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 28 (website)

Court Info

Sacramento County Superior Court, Department 28 (website)

Clerk phone: +1 (916) 874-6695

Biography

The Hon. Richard K. Sueyoshi is a judge for the Sacramento County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench in 2009 by former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He is a registered Democrat.

Judge Sueyoshi received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in 1996. While in law school, Sueyoshi served as an extern for the Utah Supreme Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court.

After graduating from law school, Sueyoshi returned to California, where he would join the Sacramento law firm of Downey Brand LLP as an associate. Sueyoshi would remain with the law firm for his entire legal career outside of the bench. He would later be named a partner for the firm, where he practiced business and commercial litigation.

While on the bench, Judge Sueyoshi has presided over the Prerogative Writ Department.

Sueyoshi, who is of Japanese descent, has been an advocate for diversity in the workplace and also served on the Sacramento County Bar Association's Diversity Hiring and Retention Committee.

He has also served on the Sacramento Barrister's Club, the Sacramento County Bar Association's Nominating Committee, and the Judiciary Committee.

His other memberships have included the Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, the Sacramento Asian/Pacific Chamber of Commerce, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and as past-president of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento.

Education

J.D. from University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (1996)

Bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley

Career

Partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento County, California (until 2009)

Associate at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento County, California (from 1996)

Extern at Utah Supreme Court in Salt Lake County, Utah

Extern at U.S. Bankruptcy Court

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