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The beloved president of WLAC (2015-2017) was recently sworn in as Alameda County Superior Court Judge on November 9, 2017.On Monday November 13, 2017, she began her judicial career in a criminal assignment in the Fremont Hall of Justice. Barbara A. Dickinson, 56, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Dickinson has served as an assistant public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office since 2013, where she was a deputy public defender from 1989 to 2013. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Washington University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Larry J. Goodman.

We at WLAC are so proud of Judge Dickinson and with her exceptional background, her vast legal experience, and her down-to-earth demeanor; we have every confidence that she will be a terrific judicial officer. Congratulations to Judge Dickinson!



Header photo of Lake Merritt, Oakland, by Daniel Ramirez, courtesy of Creative Commons License