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Judge Erica Yew, Christine Young.
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Erica Yew, J.D.: In 2001, Erica became the first Asian-American woman to sit on the Superior Court in Santa Clara County.
Currently, she is in the Juvenile Dependency Division and presides over the Family Wellness Court.
Erica chairs the Good Samaritan Hospital Board and sits on the boards for After School All Stars and the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute.
She also serves on a number of state-wide commissions regarding access and fairness in the courts.
She is the immediate past president of the NAPABA Judicial Council, the national Asian-American judges association.
While an attorney, Erica served on the board for Child Advocates of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the County Advisory Commission for the Children's Shelter.
She has received numerous awards for her dedication to community service, including the Juliette Gordon Low award from the Girls Scouts of Santa Clara County and the Community Star award from AACI (Asian Americans for Community Involvement).
She was also Woman of the Year in 2005 for the 24th California State Assembly District.
Born in San Jose, Erica graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and received her law degree from Hastings College of the Law.
She joined the Interplast board in 2008.
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
Supreme Court Appoints Judge ...
Supreme Court Appoints Judge Yew to CJP
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San Francisco - The California Supreme Court today announced the appointment, by unanimous vote, of Judge Erica R. Yew, of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, to succeed Judge Katherine Feinstein, of the Superior Court of San Francisco, as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance (CJP).
has been appointed as of December 10, 2010, to the remainder of the term and to a new four-year term beginning March 1, 2011, and ending February 28, 2015.
has served on the Santa Clara court since her
appointment in 2001.
is assigned to the court's Juvenile Dependency division and presides over the Family Wellness Court, a federally-funded project to serve children whose families are struggling with addiction, homelessness, poverty, and other issues.
A member of the Judicial Council since 2009, Judge Yew has received numerous awards for community service as both a judge and a lawyer, including the San Jose Business Journal's 2009 Women of Influence honor in the Silicon Valley.
also received an Opening Doors to Justice Award from the Public Interest Clearinghouse and an Unsung Heroes Award from the Santa Clara County Bar Association
She is the immediate past president of the California Asian-American Judges Association.
Before joining the bench, she was in private law practice, and served as a member of the Board of Governors of the State Bar of California.