The Hon. Stephen D. Kaus is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was appointed to the bench by former governor Jerry Brown in 2012.
He is a registered Democrat.
Judge Kaus graduated cum laude with his B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1970. He went on to earn his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 1973.
He began his legal career at the Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office, where he served as a deputy public defender for six years.
Then, in 1982, he entered into private practice, working as a partner at the law firm of Kaus, Kerr, and Wagstaffe from 1982 to 1990. Then, after three years as a sole practitioner, Kaus joined the law firm of Cooper, White, and Cooper LLP in 1993. He would be named a partner for the firm in 1995 and would hold that position until his appointment to the Superior Court in 2012.
He has also served as an instructor at his alma mater, UC Berkely's School of Law, where he taught on the subject of criminal trial practice.
Judge Kaus' father, the Hon. Otto Kaus (deceased), was appointed to the California Supreme Court by then-governor Jerry Brown in 1981. Before that, Judge Otto Kraus also served on the Los Angeles County Superior Court and the California Court of Appeal, positions he was appointed to by then-governor Pat Brown, Jerry Brown's father.
J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1973)
B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles (1970) (Political Science)
Partner at Cooper, White, and Cooper LLP in San Francisco County, California (1995 to 2012)
Associate at Cooper, White, and Cooper LLP in San Francisco County, California (1993 to 1995)
Sole Practitioner at Law Offices of Stephen Kaus (1990 to 1993)
Partner at Kaus, Kerr, and Wagstaffe (1982 to 1990)
Deputy Public Defender at Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office in Contra Costa County, California (1974 to 1980)