Judge Erica R. Yew

Hon. Erica R. Yew
Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County

Current Term: 9/15/23 - 9/14/24
Membership: Advisory member appointed by Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero
Internal Committees: Rules Committee


Judge Erica R. Yew was appointed to the bench by Governor Gray Davis in 2001 and has since served on the Superior Court of Santa Clara County. Her judicial assignments have been in dependency drug treatment court and other collaborative problem-solving courts. Prior to joining the bench, Judge Yew spent many years as an attorney. She was president of the Asian Pacific Bar Association of Silicon Valley, served on the California State Bar Board of Trustees and Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley, and provided leadership to the Asian Law Alliance, the Legal Aid Society, and the Silicon Valley Campaign for Legal Services. Judge Yew received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her juris doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Judge Yew served a previous term on the Judicial Council from 2009 to 2012. She also served on the Commission on Judicial Performance and was appointed by the California Supreme Court to the Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions in 2019. Judge Yew has served on the Judicial Council’s Advisory Committee on Providing Access and Fairness, the Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants, and the Judicial Recruitment and Retention Working Group. She also served as a member of California Access to Justice Commission. Additionally, Judge Yew has taught classes on judicial ethics, the elimination of bias in the court system, language access in the legal system, and the function and work of collaborative courts for a wide group of organizations, including the Judicial Council’s Center for Judicial Education and Research.