Honorable Clare Maier
Just prior to appointment, Judge Maier was fortunate to work full-time as Judge pro tempore at Juvenile Hall for approximately one year.
For the six years prior to her work at Juvenile Hall, she served as a Judge pro tempore in seven different courts in Contra Costa County.
Prior to her work as a Judge pro tempore, she worked as a dependency (W&I §300) attorney and a criminal defense lawyer for both the Alternate Defender's Office and the Public Defender's Office.
Preceding that, she worked as a civil litigator in two different law firms: Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and Cooley Godward, LLP (now Cooley Godward Kronish LLP)
current assignment is the Criminal Felony Fast Track Calendar in Martinez.
prior assignments included juvenile court (both dependency and delinquency), drug court, post-preliminary hearing motions including non-statutory and other motions, trials and preliminary hearings.
Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
Judge Maier previously served as an officer on the Board of an organization in Oakland named "Season for Non-Violence" working to reduce violence in Oakland.
She also served in her Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council, and the East Bay Regional Parks as a Park Trustee.
In addition, she
volunteered for the Oakland Police Department
as an interviewer for the oral boards for police officer candidates.
Current Civic & Professional Activities
has taught a number of courses to judges and attorneys including a drug court seminar, an update on domestic violence law, as well as a course on Judicial Demeanor.
is scheduled to teach a Civil Trial Practice class at Berkeley Law School
(Boalt Hall) in the Spring semester in 2014.
The judge volunteers for East Bay Regional Parks and also at the Berkeley Men's Shelter.
Please check in with the court clerk prior to your scheduled hearing.
Also, such conventions as asking to approach the witness or to approach the bench are appreciated and add to the dignity of the proceedings.
has held conference telephonically on civil matters.
encourages the use of mediation and arbitration whenever appropriate.
While Judge Maier has not yet held an attorney to contempt nor imposed sanctions, in the appropriate circumstances, she would take action consistent with her authority to maintain security and control in the courtroom that will foster public respect for the bench and the bar.
Computers are welcome in Judge Maier's
courtroom, but please have the sound turned off.
believes that all persons in a courtroom should be treated with dignity and given an opportunity to be heard.