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Judge Patricia M. Lucas

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Hon. Patricia M. Lucas
Judge, Superior Court of Santa Clara County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2017- Sept. 14, 2018


Membership : Advisory member appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Internal Committees: Executive and Planning Committee; Judicial Branch Budget
Committee
Council Liaison to: Alameda and Monterey Counties

Appointed to the bench in 2002, Judge Patricia M. Lucas serves as presiding judge for the
Superior Court of Santa Clara County and chairs the council's Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee.
She served as supervising judge for both the Civil and Family Divisions in addition to her extensive experience in the
court's Criminal Division.

Throughout her judicial career, Judge Lucas has served on many ,Judicial Council advisory committees and working
groups. She was a member of the Commission on the Future of California's Court System, serving as an Executive
Committee member and as vice-chair of the commission's Civil Working Group. She currently serves as vice-chair of
the council's Court Facilities Advisory Committee, and has also served on the council's Civil and Small Claims
Advisory Committee and the Elkins Family Law Task Force.

Judge Lucas is active in judicial education, having served on many committees of the council's Center for Judicial
Education and Research. She currently serves as dean of the B. E. Witkin Judicial College, and promotes education
of the bench and the bar through leadership in the William A. Ingram American Inn of Court and as a long-term
instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Before her appointment to the bench, Judge Lucas was in civil private practice and served as the Litigation Practice
Leader at Fenwick and West.

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