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May 25, 2010 > Candidates for Alameda County Superior Court Judge (Office 9)

Candidates for Alameda County Superior Court Judge (Office 9)

John Creighton

I have worked in courtrooms for 25 years as a lawyer in the District Attorney's Office. Our courts face challenges. As a judge, I will ensure my court works efficiently and everyone is respected and receives a full and fair hearing. My decisions will be based on law and fact, after thorough and open-minded consideration.

Life has given me a unique perspective. I was raised on a small South Bay farm following adoption from the Children's Home Society, Oakland. After high school, I served a year in a Vietnam. After three years as a Sergeant, I attended UC Berkeley on the GI Bill then worked as a union roofer and auto mechanic before attending USF law school.

Working for you, I've prosecuted pollution, murder and crimes against women and children. I prosecute gang-related cases through the Gang Prosecution Unit but addressing some of the root causes of gang violence, such as poor education and employment prospects, is also in the public interest. I work with local-government task forces in Oakland and Union City and collaborate with their school districts to prevent gang activity.

Widespread, bipartisan supporters believe I will be a judge who makes a difference in our community.

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Louis Goodman

During 30 years, as an Alameda County Deputy District Attorney, private practitioner and Judge Pro Tem, I've been reminded daily of the importance of safeguarding individual rights. Judicial decisions impact individuals, families and businesses.

As a judge, I will approach every case with an open mind, deciding each based on the record, according to the rule of law. I shall maintain the court's integrity and ensure an impartial forum for all whose cases are presented. I seek justice for all. My voluntary work as a Judge Pro-Tem means I have "actual experience" on the bench.

I graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco. I have travelled, studied and worked overseas. I began clerking in the Alameda County District Attorney's Office in 1979 and have maintained a law office in Hayward since 1987.

Recently, I was appointed Dean of Students, East Bay Law School. My academic and community work, which has included past presidency of Hayward South Rotary, moot court projects at Logan High School and Moreau Catholic High School, teaching law students and attorneys and developing several continuing legal education programs, will continue while on the bench.

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Victoria Kolakowski

I have been a judge and an attorney for more than 20 years, primarily handling complex civil cases. As a lawyer, I recovered billions of dollars, lost during the California Energy Crisis, for consumers. I was also general counsel for a publicly-traded technology company with global interests.

I serve as an administrative law judge at the California Public Utilities Commission and, previously, was an administrative law judge with the California Department of Insurance, taught at the National Judicial College and served on the administrative judiciary committee of the National Association of Women Judges.

As a judge, I know the challenges faced by self-represented individuals, unable to afford a lawyer and overwhelmed by the legal process. I will make our courts more accessible for all.

A diverse legal background is needed. Superior court judges hear criminal cases and family law matters like divorce, civil disputes involving contracts, employment law, land use and intellectual property.

Judges, the public face of our justice system, should reflect the community's diversity. I have been a leader in the LGBT community for the past 21 years - a founding member of the State Bar's Committee on Sexual Orientation Discrimination, president of the East Bay Lesbian/Gay Democratic Club and a founding officer of Equality California.

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