Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar
Judicial Experience: The Honorable Kathryn M. Werdegar was appointed to the California Supreme Court by Governor Pete Wilson on May 3, 1994. In November 2002, she was re-elected to a new term of office which began on January 7, 2003. Prior to her elevation to the Supreme Court, she served on the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco.
Education: Justice Werdegar commenced her law studies at the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was first in her class and the first woman to be elected editor-in-chief of the California Law Review. She completed her law studies at George Washington University, where she graduated first in her class. She received her B.A. (with honors) from the University of California at Berkeley.
Career Highlights: Before her appointment to the bench, Justice Werdegar's career highlights included service with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.; director of the criminal law division of California Continuing Education of the Bar; senior staff attorney with the California Court of Appeal and the California Supreme Court; and professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Honors and Awards: Justice Werdegar was appointed Regents' Lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley, 2000. She is the recipient of the University of California School of Law (Boalt Hall) Citation Award (Boalt Hall's highest honor), 2002; the Consumer Attorneys of California Justice of the Year Award, 1998; the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Appellate Justice of the Year Award, 1996; the California Alumni Association Excellence in Achievement Award, 1996; the George Washington University Law Alumni Association Distinguished Public Service Award, 1996; and the George Washington University School of Law Charles Glover Award for Highest Achievement in the Field of Law, 1962.
Justice Werdegar has been awarded honorary doctorate degrees from Western State University College of Law, Southwestern University School of Law, and Pepperdine University School of Law.
Justice Werdegar was elected editor-in-chief of the California Law Review and served as a member of the George Washington University Law Review. She is a life member of the Order of the Coif and the recipient of five American Jurisprudence Awards.
Publications: Justice Werdegar has written law review articles, monographs, model codes, and chapters in legal texts for practitioners. Her publications have addressed such issues as the relationship between the courts and private alternative dispute resolution, the value of diversity in the judicial system, and California criminal procedure. Under the auspices of the California College of Trial Judges (now the Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER)), she authored a benchbook on misdemeanor procedure for trial court judges that has served as a model for other procedural benchbooks used in trial courts throughout the state.
Professional Activities and Associations: Justice Werdegar is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Association of Women Judges, the California/Nevada Women Judges Association, and the California Judges Association. She is a board member of the California Supreme Court Historical Society and a former board member of the Boalt Hall Alumni Association.
Personal Data: Justice Werdegar was born in San Francisco. She and her husband, a family physician, have two grown sons and three grandchildren.
People v. Villa
Citation: 45 Cal. 4th 1063, 202 P.3d 427, 90 Cal. Rptr. 3d 344
Decided: Monday, March 16, 2009
People v. Tran
Citation: 51 Cal. 4th 1040, 253 P.3d 239, 126 Cal. Rptr. 3d 65
Decided: Monday, June 13, 2011
People v. Picklesimer
Citation: 48 Cal. 4th 330, 226 P.3d 348, 106 Cal. Rptr. 3d 239
Decided: Monday, March 15, 2010
People v. Timothy Russell
Citation: 50 Cal. 4th 1228, 242 P.3d 68, 117 Cal. Rptr. 3d 615
Decided: Monday, November 15, 2010
Avila v. Citrus Community College Dist.
Citation: 38 Cal. 4th 148, 131 P.3d 383, 41 Cal. Rptr. 3d 299
Decided: Thursday, April 6, 2006
Recent Concurring Opinions
People v. Dungo
Citation: 55 Cal.4th 608; 286 P.3d 442; 12 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 11,591; 12 Cal. Daily Op. Serv. 13,611; 2012 Daily Journal D.A.R. 14,169
Decided: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
People v. Cornett
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1261, 274 P.3d 456, 139 Cal. Rptr. 3d 837
Decided: Monday, April 30, 2012
Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Super. Ct.
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 1004, 273 P.3d 513, 139 Cal. Rptr. 3d 315
Decided: Thursday, April 12, 2012
O'Neil v. Crane Co.
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 335, 266 P.3d 987, 135 Cal. Rptr. 3d 288
Decided: Thursday, January 12, 2012
In re Shaputis
Citation: 53 Cal. 4th 192, 265 P.3d 253, 134 Cal. Rptr. 3d 86
Decided: Thursday, December 29, 2011
Recent Dissenting Opinions
State Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council v. City of Vista
Citation: 54 Cal. 4th 547, 279 P.3d 1022, 143 Cal. Rptr. 3d 529
Decided: Monday, July 2, 2012
In re V.V.
Citation: 51 Cal. 4th 1020, 252 P.3d 979, 125 Cal. Rptr. 3d 421
Decided: Monday, June 6, 2011
People v. Zambia
Citation: 51 Cal. 4th 965, 254 P.3d 965, 127 Cal. Rptr. 3d 662
Decided: Thursday, June 2, 2011
People v. Soto
Citation: 51 Cal. 4th 229, 245 P.3d 410, 119 Cal. Rptr. 3d 775
Decided: Thursday, January 20, 2011
People v. Diaz
Citation: 51 Cal. 4th 84, 244 P.3d 501, 119 Cal. Rptr. 3d 105
Decided: Monday, January 3, 2011