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Judge, Seat 1 —Alameda County Superior CourtJune 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

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June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

Alameda County Superior CourtJudge, Seat 1

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (1,118/1,118).

About this office

Superior court judges preside over trial court cases, both civil and criminal. They hear witnesses' testimony and other evidence and decide cases by applying the law to the relevant facts.
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Victims' Rights Attorney
153,845 votes (47.98%)Winning
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Law Professor
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  • To be a Superior Court Judge who remains active in our community and ensures everyone in Alameda County has equal access to justice.
  • I'm a proud resident of Alameda County and deeply committed to making our communities' court system fair and just.
  • I am focused on providing fair, balanced, and thorough jurisprudence. I believe we can improve our justice system with experience and diligent, respectful attention.
Profession:Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University, Deputy District Attorney in Alameda 97-2011.
George Washington University JD, Law (1997)
served on the board, Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (not availa–current)

Scott Jackson has always worked on behalf of social justice. As a child growing up in Chicago he handed out flyers for Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor. He moved to Oakland after graduating from George Washington University Law School, and has built a life here with his wife and three kids.

Scott Jackson was a Deputy District Attorney for Alameda County from 1997 to 2011. In that job, his assignments included being lead counsel for jury trials ranging from sexual assault cases to homicides. He also handled criminal appellate work.

In 2011 Scott Jackson become a partner at Fitzgerald Abbott & Beardsley (now Donahue Fitzgerald) where he represented clients in general civil and employment litigation matters as well as conducting and supervising trials.

Currently, Scott is the Director of the Litigation Center at Golden Gate University Law School (the school's largest department) where he oversees other faculty, graduate fellows, competition trial teams and student organizations. He also directs two annual programs that have drawn national attention for their innovative approach and unique application: the Summer Trial & Evidence Program ("1st Step") and the In Vino Veritas criminal mock trial competition now sponsored by the ABA Section of Litigation.

Additionally, Scott has served on the boards of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, which provides free direct legal assistance to Alameda County's low-income population by mobilizing volunteer attorneys to provide pro-bono service, the Charles Houston Bar Association, and the Montclair Soccer Club. Currently he sits on the Board of Elizabeth House- a nonprofit transitional program located in Oakland for women with children who have experienced homelessness, violence addiction, or poverty. For more click here.

  • State Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • State Senator Loni Hancock
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf
  • Former State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
  • Former State Assemblymember Nancy Skinner
  • Former State Assemblymember Elihu Harris

Scott supports the fair, balanced, and equal application of the law for all citizens and strives for dynamic community relationships and nuanced understanding in the ongoing relationship between our County and its justice system.

Prosecutor/ City Councilmember
74,601 votes (23.27%)
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  • Ensure equal access to our Courts, and fair and unbiased decisions for all citizens.
  • Reduce or eliminate the expensive fees to access Court records by advocating for more funding for our Court system.
  • Work hard for each and every citizen of the State of California to maintain the high integrity and good reputation of our Courts.
Profession:Real Estate Fraud Prosecutor, Alameda County District Attorney's Office / Deputy Mayor, City of San Mateo
Deputy District Attorney / Real Estate Fraud Unit, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (2013–current)
Councilmember, San Mateo City Council — Elected position (2009–current)
Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office (2012–2013)
Deputy District Attorney, Alameda County District Attorney's Office (1999–2012)
Adjunct Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies (1994–1995)
Public School Teacher, 7th Grade World History, Los Angeles Unified School District (Paul Revere Middle School) (1993–1994)
UC Hastings College of the Law J.D., Law (1999)
UCLA M.Ed., Teaching Credential & Secondary Education (1993)
UCLA B.A. , Political Science (1992)

David has spent his entire life in public service.  Since 1999, he has worked as a Deputy District Attorney.  He currently works full-time as a prosecutor for the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and has worked in the office for 15 years. 

 

 

David is assigned to the real estate fraud division, where he protects the community from all manner of real estate fraud crimes.  David has protected seniors who faced foreclosure due to con artists who target elders in identify theft schemes and other crimes. 

 

 

David has also worked tirelessly to protect home owners from unfair foreclosure practices brought on by banks. 

 

 

David has tried over 45 jury trials to verdict, including DUI’s, domestic violence, murders, robberies, child sexual assaults, real estate fraud, and complex white collar crimes.   

 

 

Community service is important to David, and since 2009 he has given back to his community by serving as a part-time City Councilmember for the City of San Mateo.  In 2013, David was honored to serve as the Mayor for San Mateo. 

 

 

Prior to law school, David worked in the Washington, D.C. office of the late Congressman Robert T. Matsui. 

 

 

David was also an adjunct professor at the UCLA Graduate School of Education, working to address equal access to quality education in our public schools in the wake of the Rodney King Riots in 1992. 

 

 

Starting his professional life dedicated to children, David was a public school teacher in Los Angeles, teaching 7th grade world history. 

 

 

David holds a J.D. from Hastings Law School, a M.Ed. from the UCLA School of Education, and a B.A. in political science from UCLA. 

 

 

A proud first-generation American, David grew up spending weekends working at his parent’s grocery store in Los Angeles. 

 

David is married to Terri Lim, a pharmacist at Lucile Packard Children’s and they have three young children.  David enjoys running marathons (17 finishes – none very fast!), playing the guitar (badly), and exploring the Bay Area with his family.  

  • Butch Ford
  • Marilyn Ashcraft, Alameda City Council
  • Congressman Eric Swalwell
  • Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley
  • Congresswoman Jackie Speier
  • Dianne Martinez, Emeryville Mayor
  • Benny Lee, San Leandro City Council
  • Sara Lamnin, Hayward City Council
  • Abel Guillen, Oakland City Council
  • Margaret Fujioka, Piedmont Mayor
  • Sue Chan, Fremont City Council
  • Jesse Arreguin, Berkeley City Council
  • Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle
  • Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
  • State Assemblyman Phil Ting
  • State Assemblyman Evan Low
  • State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin
  • State Assemblyman David Chiu
  • State Assemblyman Kansen Chu
  • State Assemblyman Bill Quirk
  • State Assemblyman Rob Bonta
  • State Senator Jerry Hill
  • State Senator Bob Wieckowski
  • State Board of Equalization Fiona Ma
  • State Controller Betty Yee
  • State Treasurer John Chiang
  • San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe
  • Judge Elizabeth Lee
  • Judge Paul Colin
  • Judge Delia Trevino
  • Judge Greg Syren
  • Judge Thomas Rogers
  • Judge Stephen Pulido
  • Judge Scott Patton
  • Judge Yolanda Northridge
  • Judge Kevin Murphy
  • Judge Robert McGuiness
  • Judge Mark McCannon
  • Judge Ursula Jones-Dickson
  • Judge Allan Hymer
  • Judge Jeffrey Horner
  • Judge Stuart Hing
  • Judge Roy Hashimoto
  • Judge Dan Grimmer
  • Judge Delbert Gee
  • Judge Tara Desautels
  • Judge Paul Delucchi
  • Judge Armando Cuellar
  • Judge C. Don Clay
  • Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Bay Area News Group / East Bay Times
  • Alameda County Deputy Sheriffs Association
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Jules Bonjour
  • Larry Blazer
  • Matthew Beltramo
  • Ben Beltramo
  • Tim Wagstaffe
  • Eddie Vieira-Ducey
  • Angela Steffes
  • Stacie Pettigrew
  • Greg O'Connell
  • Bob Mertens
  • Jack Noonan
  • Jill Nerone
  • Erin Loback
  • Celia Lee
  • Neil Layton
  • Danny Lau
  • Melissa Krum
  • Vickie Jensen
  • Autrey James
  • Kevin Ikuma
  • Stuart Hanlon
  • Elizabeth Grossman
  • Demetrius Costy
  • Steven Jesse Corral
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Case Backlogs

Many people feel that a backlog of cases has led to a situation where people cannot get reasonable access to the civil justice system. Do you believe that there is a problem with access? Please explain in detail and indicate whether or not you would support expanding court hours.

Answer from David G. Lim:
Fair and equal access to our Court is a right of every citizen. As a Judge, I will work hard to expand Court hours so that resident from all walks of life will have reasonable access to our Courts. As the son of working class parents, I know that people lead busy lives. To that end, I will set my Courtroom hours to be accessible as often as is reasonably possible so that all members of our community will have access to the Court. I do believe public access is a problem, and I will work to improve the working hours of our Courts in a way that is respectful to the citizens of California.

For over 25 years, I have been committed to public service.  I believe all invididuals have a right to equal access to the law and our Court.  My experience is a testament to social justice for all:

 

  •  Fifteen year career as a Deputy District Attorney in Alameda County protecting residents from serious and violent felons
  • Ten years as a real estate fraud prosecutor in Alameda County protecting homeowners from mortgage fraud

 

 

  • Bringing consumer protection lawsuits to ensure that big banks treat all homeowners equally and fairly

 

 

  • Part-time City Councilmember in the City of San Mateo, including serving as Mayor

 

 

  • Former public school teacher in Los Angeles public schools

 

 

  • Former adjunct professor at UCLA School of Education to address equal access to education in the wake of the Rodney King Riots in 1992

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