Peers praise Judge Alameda Trina Thompson’s rise to federal court
by Edward Henderson, California Black Media
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Trina L. Thompson, who is African American, was confirmed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
The US Senate voted 51 to 44 to confirm Thompson, whom President Biden nominated.
Appointed under Article III of the United States Constitution, federal district court judges are appointed for life for good conduct.
“All of us in the Northern District are grateful and thrilled to have Judge Thompson join us,” said Chief Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
“She brings a wealth of experience as a highly valued trial judge, which will be welcome in our busy Court,” he said.
Since taking office, the Biden administration has made it a priority to diversify the federal courts.
“Our current federal bench is not representative of the diversity of our democracy,” U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) said in remarks last week. “We have a lot of work to do to rebuild a justice system that deserves the faith of the American people.”
More than 70% of President Biden’s 92 district and appellate court picks were women, and a large majority were people of color.
Prior to her appointment, Judge Thompson served as a commissioner of juvenile court, a criminal defense attorney in private practice for nearly a decade, and also an assistant public defender. Thompson holds the
distinction of being the first African-American woman elected to the Alameda County Superior Court.
In addition to her work on the bench, she is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she received her bachelor’s degree in 1983, and her juris doctor from the university’s law school in 1986.
Thompson helped educate the public and his peers about fairness and equal rights under the law. Her work contrasted the principles of American law with the history and contemporary realities of discrimination when she participated in the “Continuing the Dialogue” series for the Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research Division (CJER). of California. She discussed the history of housing discrimination in California effected through illegal race pacts and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. She also presented a CJER lecture on the
convictions and the learning that judicial officers can adapt to prevent them.
Thompson is a member of the Association of African American California Judicial Officers, Inc., (AAACJO). The organization was formed in 2017 to serve the professional interests of black state and federal court officers presiding in California. Members include Superior Court judges and commissioners, Court of Appeals judges, administrative law judges, and state bar judges.
“Given her hard work and dedication to the community, it is clear that Judge Thompson will be an invaluable asset in her new role as District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California,” said said the AAACJO in a press release. congratulate Thompson.