The Hon. Winifred Younge Smith is a judge for the Alameda County Superior Court in California. She was appointed to the bench in 2000 by former governor Gray Davis.
She received her bachelor's degree from Stanford University. She went on to earn her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1974.
After graduating from law school, Smith became a deputy assistant attorney general with the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General. During her twenty-six year tenure there, her assignments included working in the AG's Health, Education, and Welfare Section, handling issues involving health, education, and welfare matters and also representing state agencies. She would remain there until her appointment to the Superior Court in 2000.
While on the bench, Judge Smith has served as a supervising judge of the Civil Direct Calendar, and a supervising judge of the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse and the Allen E. Broussard Justice Center. She has presided over misdemeanor pretrials, juvenile court, the civil direct calendar, and the civil law and motion department.
Her professional committees have included serving on the Judicial Council's Executive Committee, the Public Policy Committee, the Judicial Council's Access to Fairness Advisory Committee, the Continuing Judicial Studies Program Committee, the Court's Civil Committee, the Community Focused Court Planning Committee, and the Bench Bar Committee.
She also served on the Alameda County Bar Association's Legal Access Alameda's Board of Directors (previously Volunteer Legal Services Corporation), where she was credited with the creation of the Unlawful Detainer Mediation program.
Judge Smith grew up in the Bay area. Her father, the late Fitzroy Younge, is considered to be the first African-American surgeon to practice in the area.
J.D. from Boston University School of Law (1974)
Bachelor's degree from Stanford University
Deputy Assistant Attorney General at Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General in San Francisco County, California (1974 to 2000)