Judge David M. Rubin

judge rubin portraitHon. David M. Rubin
Judge, Superior Court of San Diego County

Current Term: Sept 15, 2016–Sept 14, 2019
Membership: Voting member, appointed by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye
Internal Committee: Judicial Branch Budget Committee, Chair; Litigation Management Committee, Chair; Executive and Planning Committee
Council Liaison to: Superior Courts of San Bernardino and Sonoma Counties

Judge Rubin was sworn in as a judge in January 2007. He has been a member of the California Judges Association (CJA) board of directors since 2009, and served as CJA’s president for the 2011–2012 term. As president of the CJA, he served as an advisory member of the Judicial Council. He is also a current member of the Bench Bar Coalition and participated in the council’s Executive and Planning Committee review of the Strategic Evaluation Committee’s report on the AOC.

Prior to joining the bench, Judge Rubin was a prosecutor for 20 years with the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He served as assistant chief of the North County Branch office from 1998 to 2002. In 2011, Judge Rubin received the Outstanding Service to the Community Award, presented by the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association. In 2006, he was honored with the Prosecutor of the Year Award, and he received the Outstanding Service by Public Attorney Award in 2001, presented by the San Diego County Bar Association. He is married to San Diego attorney Todd Stevens.


San Bernardino County Superior Court liaison report
Dec 16, 2014
Judge Rubin presents his report on the nation's largest county state court—San Bernardino. Historically one of the state’s most underfunded courts, San Bernardino struggles to deliver justice to its 2.1 million residents who are spread out over 20,000 square miles. Shuttered courthouses and courtrooms require judges and jurors and other court users to travel hundreds of miles to access the court. Although the county’s new courthouse is something to be celebrated, the court is only using 25 of the 35 rooms because of lack of funding.
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