Governor Gray Davis appointed Erica Yew to the Santa Clara County Superior Court on October 2, 2001.
is the first Asian American female to serve on this bench.
is in the Juvenile Dependency division of the Court and presides over the newly established Family Wellness Court, a $6.3 million project to serve children under the age of three whose families are dealing with addiction issues.
In addition to the law, community service is important to Erica
has received numerous awards for her
dedication including the 1990 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year from the Santa Clara County Bar Association
, and the 1995 Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
and the Human Relations Commission Award of Special Merit
service to the community.
In 2002 Erica received the Distinguished Recognition Award from the Asian Law Alliance, in 2003 the "Giving Voice to Women" award from AACI, and in 2005, the Justice Byrl R. Salsman Award for her long-term contributions to the legal profession.
In 2005, Erica was named Woman of the Year for District 24 by California Assembly member Rebecca Cohn.
received the Juliette Gordon Low award from the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County in 2006 and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Santa Clara Domestic Violence Council
work in the area of family violence in 2007.
Currently, Erica serves on the California Judicial Council Kleps Award Committee and on the Judicial Council Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants.
She is also President of the California Asian American Judges Association and Past President of the NAPABA Judicial Council, which is the national association of Asian American judicial officers.
She is a Board Member of Greater San Jose After School All Stars and chairs the Good Samaritan Hospital Board.
Erica also serves on the Advisory Board for Latinas Contra Cancer and on the Santa Clara County Law Library Board of Trustees, and she established Santa Clara County's first county-wide collaborative workshop serving victims of domestic violence.
She is also an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow, Class XV.
As an attorney, Erica served as a District Three Representative on the California State Bar Board of Governors.
Erica is Past President of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of the Silicon Valley and served on the boards of the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley, Asian Law Alliance, Legal Aid Society, Santa Clara County Bar Association, and Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
also served on the Santa Clara County Advisory Commission for the Children's Shelter