Maria P. Rivera

Judicial Positions:

  • Associate Justice, First District Court of Appeal, Division Four
    January 2002 to present.
  • Judge of the Superior Court, Contra Costa County, Martinez, California
    January 1997-January 2002
      Assignments: General Trial Department (primarily felony jury trials); Supervising Judge, Family Law Division; Civil Division; Executive Committee, 1997-1999; Chair of Family Law Building Committee

Activities, Awards, Organizations:

  • Member, California Judges Association, 1996 - present
  • Member, National Association of Women Judges, 1996 - present
  • Faculty, Judicial College, 1997-present
  • Pro Bono Judge of the Year - 1999
  • Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Ass'n Trial Judge of the Year - 2001
  • San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Ass'n, Honoree of the Year - 2002
  • State Bar of California, Legal Services Trust Fund, Advisory Board
  • Legal Services Coordinating Committee, Advisory Board
  • Invest in Kids (a mentoring program for at-risk children), Advisory Board
  • Wardrobe for Opportunity (professional clothes for women of modest means entering the work force), Advisory Board
  • Center For Human Development (organization that sponsors and supports alternative dispute resolution in the Community),Advisory Board
  • Latino Leadership Forum (organization that supports and encourages Latino youth who show leadership potential), Advisory Board

Educational Background:

  • Law School:
      University of San Francisco Law School
      1971 - 1974 J.D. magna cum laude 1974
      McAuliffe Honor Society 1972 - 1974
      Recorder Prize (graduated first in class)
      Externship in California Supreme Court - Fall, 1973
  • College:
      Smith College, Northampton, Mass.
      1966 - 1970 B.A. with distinction 1970
      First Group Scholar
      Dean's List 1967 - 1970
      Bilingual Tutor

Professional Background:

  • Partner/Counsel
    McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen
    (formerly Van Voorhis & Skaggs)
    Walnut Creek - 1981 - 1996
  • Assistant U.S. Attorney
    Department of Justice
    San Francisco - 1979 - 1981
  • Deputy District Attorney
    City and County of San Francisco
    San Francisco - 1978-1979
  • Associate, Morrison & Foerster
    San Francisco - 1974 - 1978

Legal and Business Organizations:

  • State Bar of California, 1974 - 1996
  • San Francisco Bar Association, 1974-1978
       Lawyer's Reference Panel Committee (1976)
  • National District Attorney's Association 1978-1979
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association, 1981 - 1996
       Board of Directors 1990-1996 (Treasurer, 1996)
       Finance Committee 1996
       Fee Arbitration Committee, 1990 - 1994
       Chair, Attorney Reference Panel Committee, 1992
       Alternate Delegate, 1991 Annual Meeting
       Women's Section , 1986 - 1996 (founding member, founding officer)
       (vice president and acting president, 1986 - 1988)
       Appellate Section, 1991 - 1996 (president, 1992 - 1995)
  • Commercial Industrial Council of the Building Industry Association, 1993-1995
  • First Tuesday Forum, 1988-1996; Chair, 1991

Personal Data:

  • 1949, Visalia, California
  • Married, two children.
  • Enjoy cooking, fly-fishing, baseball and reading
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