Judge Patricia M. Lucas

 Hon. Patricia M. Lucas 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.