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What Family Court Judges Want You to Know

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What Family Court Judges Want You to Know

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David M. Lederman Thomas H. Smith
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HON. JOYCE MARIE CRAM is a judge in the Contra Costa County Superior Court. Judge Cram was appointed to the bench in 1998 by Governor Pete Wilson. She is the supervising judge of the Family Law Division and the Probate Division of her court, is the presiding judge of the Appellate Division, and runs the court’s Elder Court. She began her legal career at the law firm of Low, Ball and Lynch where she became the firm’s first woman partner. After 16 years with the firm doing civil litigation, Judge Cram spent two years in Germany. When she returned in 1994, she opened a private mediation practice which continued until her appointment to the bench. She earned her B.A. degree at the University of California and her J.D. degree at the Catholic University School of Law, Washington, D.C. Judge Cram has been active in professional education, preparing and presenting courses for the Contra Costa County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, and The Robert
G. McGrath American Inn of Court. She teaches new judges through California Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER), and she is on the New Judge Education Committee.

HON. ALICE VILARDI is a judge in the Alameda County Superior Court. She was appointed to the bench in 2001 after serving as city attorney and general counsel for local public agencies in the San Francisco Bay area, representing public agencies in private practice, and serving as a managing attorney for the Administrative Office of the Courts, the agency serving the state Judicial Council. After joining the bench in Alameda County, Judge Vilardi heard criminal jury trials for several years before being assigned to a family law department in Pleasanton, where she also hears adoptions, contested guardianships, and miscellaneous civil cases. Judge Vilardi is active in statewide and local committees and programs teaching new and experienced judicial officers in judicial ethics and other subjects, and serves as a mentor for law students, attorneys considering judicial careers, and new judicial officers. She earned her B.A. degree at Brown University and her
J.D. degree at Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley…..

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