Hon. Richard K. Sueyoshi is a judge of the Superior Court of Sacramento County, California. He was appointed to the bench at the age of 38 on September 1, 2009, with the first annual assignment of presiding over a high-volume court calendar of misdemeanors.
Known for his fine temperament, both counsels and jurors feel at ease with him despite the serious ambiance in his courtroom.
Before joining the bench, Sueyoshi was known to be an advocate for diversity, making sure that a mechanism was in place in the hiring and recruitment of high-qualified, diversified and inclusive personnel and workforce.
Because of his exemplary contribution to the administration of justice and his active participation in the community, Sueyoshi was awarded Judge of the Year by the Sacramento County Bar Association in 2018.
The judge's heavy caseload does not hinder him from his volunteer work. He continues to serve as President of the California Asian Pacific American Judges Association. In addition to that, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has appointed Judge Sueyoshi to committees supporting the Judicial Council of California.
As an attorney, he managed to be engaged in community and bar organizations such as serving as board member of the Sacramento Barristers' Club and being the chair of Sacramento County Bar Association's Nominating Committee. He also found time to serve as the President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento County. On top of that, Judge Sueyoshi was also the Regional Governor and Vice President of Membership for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) which honored him nationally as the "Best Lawyer under 40".
- J.D. from University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law (1996)
- Bachelor's Degree from UC Berkeley
- Partner at Downey Brand LLP in Sacramento County, California (1996 to 2009)