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The Honorable Vernon K. Nakahara

Alameda County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Court Info

Alameda County Superior Court, Department retired (website)

Biography

The Hon. Vernon K. Nakahara (Ret.) was a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. He was originally appointed to the Alameda County Municipal Court in 1989 by former governor George Deukmejian and was subsequently appointed to the Superior Court by former governor Pete Wilson in 1995. At the time of his appointment to the Municipal Court, Nakahara succeeded his father-in-law, the Hon. James Walsh, Jr. (Ret.) in his retirement from the bench. After almost thirty years as a judge, Nakahara retired from the bench in 2018 and was succeeded by the Hon. Jason B. Chin.

He was registered as a Democrat.

He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, he served as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for fourteen years.

As a judge, Nakahara had presided over criminal and civil trials.

Nakahara, who is of Hawaiian and Japanese descent, had family interned in American prison camps during World War II. Nakahara himself grew up in Berkeley, California.

Education

J.D. from University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Career

Judge at Alameda County Superior Court in Alameda County, California (1995 to 2018)

Judge at Alameda County Municipal Court in Alameda County, California (1989 to 1995)

Prosecutor at Alameda County District Attorney's Office in Alameda County, California (1975 to 1989)

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