Endorsements

“Of the three candidates, [Elena] stands out as the best experienced and most familiar with the workings of Alameda County courts. Condes’ practice focuses on courtroom advocacy that’s a key part of the day-to-day operations of the local judicial system.

While endorsements usually don’t count much for our recommendations, Condes’ support from 21 current and two retired Alameda County judges says a lot. These are the jurists who have seen her work, who can perhaps best judge whether she’s cut out to be a judge.”

The East Bay Times, January 14, 2020

Full Article:  https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2020/01/14/editorial-elect-elena-condes-for-alameda-superior-court-judge/

 

“Elena Condes stands out as the best candidate in this race.  Her experience, integrity and commitment to equal access to justice for all are reason enough to vote for Elena.  That she brings much needed diversity to the Alameda County bench is icing on the cake.”

– Eric Swalwell, United States Congress, 15th District Representative

Current and Former Elected Officials 

Representative Eric Swalwell, United States Congress
Malia M. Cohen, State Board of Equalization
Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction and Assemblymember
Johan Klehs, Former State Board of Equalization Member and Assemblymember
Liz Figueroa, Former State Senator
Loni Hancock, Former State Senator, Assemblymember and Mayor of Berkeley
Dion Aroner, Former State Assemblymember
Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan
Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan
Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle
Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods
Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, City of Alameda
Councilmember Malia Vella, City of Alameda
Tom Bates, Former Mayor of Berkeley
Councilmember Lori Droste, Berkeley 
Councilmember Sophie Hahn, Berkeley 
Councilmember Kate Harrison, Berkeley 
Councilmember Rashi Kesarwani, Berkeley 
Councilmember Susan Wengraf, Berkeley 
Board President Judy Appel, Berkeley Unified School District
Board Vice President Ty Alper, Berkeley Unified School District 
Board Member Soli Alpert, Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
Board Trustee Tim Sbranti, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Mayor David Haubert, Dublin
Mayor Christian Patz, Emeryville
Councilmember Jenny Kassan, Fremont 
Councilmember Vinnie Bacon, Fremont 
Councilmember Mark Salinas, Hayward 
Councilmember Aisha Wahab, Hayward 
Councilmember Elisa Márquez, Hayward 
Mayor John Marchand, Livermore
Councilmember Trish Munro, Livermore 
Mayor Alan L. Nagy, Newark
Board Member Leticia Salinas, Newark Unified School District
Councilmember Noel Gallo, Oakland
Councilmember Loren Taylor, Oakland
Councilmember Sheng Thao, Oakland
Board Trustee Roseann Torres, Oakland Unified School District
Councilmember Corina Lopez, San Leandro 
Mayor Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Union City
Councilmember Gary Singh, Union City 
Councilmember Jaime Patiño, Union City 
Mayor Joe Goethals, San Mateo (Former Alameda County Deputy District Attorney)
Board Member Tiffanee Jones, Vallejo City Unified School District

Judges

Hon. Sandra K. Bean, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Clifford Blakely, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Jacob Blea III, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Carol S. Brosnahan, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Teresa M. Caffese, San Francisco County Superior Court
Hon. Cecilia P. Castellanos, Alameda County Superior Court (Ret.)
Hon. Arturo Castro, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. C. Don Clay, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Jason Clay, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. James Cramer, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Armando Cuellar, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Leo Dorado, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Margaret Fujioka, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Lupe Garcia, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Delbert Gee, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Eric S. Geffon, Santa Clara County Superior Court
Hon. Stuart L. Hing, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Joni Hiramoto, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Jennifer Madden, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Thomas Reardon, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. James R. Reilly, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes II, Contra Costa County Superior Court
Hon. Victor Rodriguez, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Frank Roesch, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Thomas Rogers, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Jon R. Rolefson, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Andrew Steckler, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Gregory Syren, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Trina Thompson, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Delia Trevino, Alameda County Superior Court
Hon. Carlos Ynostroza, Alameda County Superior Court (Ret.)
Commissioner Pelayo Llamas Jr., Alameda County Superior Court
Commissioner Ruben Sundeen, Alameda County Superior Court

Workers’ Organizations

APALA - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC), Local 3 California
Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
Hayward Firefighters IAFF Local 1909
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 595
Iron Workers Union Local 378
LiUNA! Laborers’ Local 304 (Laborers’ International Union of North America)
NUHW - The National Union of Healthcare Workers
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 342
Sheet Metal Workers, Local Union 104

Civil Rights, Community and Political Organizations

BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom) – an LGBTQI Bar 
BWOPA - Black Women Organized for Political Action
Courage California
East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
EBWPA - The East Bay Women’s Political Alliance 
Equality California 
Green Party of Alameda County
HONOR PAC
John George Democratic Club
Latino Task Force
TriValley Democratic Club
Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Community Leaders

Linda Barnard, Ph.D., Domestic Violence and Trauma Expert
Roberta Brooks
Betsy Candler, UC Hastings School of the Law
Alysse Castro, Executive Director of Alternative Schools 
Paul Chavez, Southern Poverty Law Center
Alessandro De Giorgi, Ph.D., SJSU · Department of Justice Studies
Maria D. Dominguez, Vice Chair, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women
Jose Dorado, Chair of the Maxwell Park Neighborhood Council
Giovanni Hernandez, Former Chairperson, Oakland Youth Advisory Commission
Elisabeth Jewel, AJE Partners
LaNiece A. Jones, BWOPA/TILE Executive Director
Arthur Krantz, Public Employment Relations Board
Fred Morrison, Lic. M.F.T.
Dr. María Ochoa, Professor Emerita, San José State University
Arjav Rawal, Vice Chair, California High School Democrats
Dr. Paul Ray, Astrophysicist, Cal Alum
Kathryn Rogers, Architect
Cecilia “Ces” Rosales, Member Community Health Commission, Berkeley
Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate, University of California, Berkeley 
Margo Schueler, Civil Engineer 
Jeffrey Selbin, Clinical Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
Elisabeth Semel, Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
Melissa Shuen-Mallory, Alameda County Democratic Central Committee
Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley School of Law
Austin Tam, BVUMC Community Developer, Asian Pacific Disability Awareness Project
Neesha Tambe, TechCrunch
David Wofford, Former Assistant to Alameda County Supervisor John George

Legal Professionals

Mario Andrews, Attorney
Carol Barnett, East Bay Children’s Law Offices
Chelsea Bonini, Attorney
Malcolm Burnstein, Civil Rights Attorney (Ret.)
Penny Cooper, Criminal Defense Attorney
Matthew Dalton, Attorney, Dalton & Lew, LLP
Christopher Dolan, Dolan Law Firm 
William DuBois, Attorney (Ret.) 
Margo George, Attorney 
Andrea Goldman, Attorney 
Geri Green, Law Office of Geri Lynn Green
Elizabeth Grossman, Attorney 
Manuel Juarez, Attorney
Darren Kessler, Attorney
Barbara Lanier, Attorney (Ret.)
Andrew Love, Appellate Attorney
Elgin Lowe, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney 
Glenn Kim, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
Robin Kojima, Attorney
Maria Morga, Attorney, Office of the State Public Defender
Mas Morimoto, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
Michael Nava, Attorney (Ret.)
Michael Nieto, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
Victor Ochoa, Attorney 
Monica Othón Espinosa, Attorney 
Diego E. Ortiz, Attorney
Pamela Ortiz, Attorney 
Autumn Paine, Attorney
Alicia Park, Attorney
Armando Pastran, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
Eva Patterson, Civil Rights Attorney
Teresa Renaker, Attorney, Renaker Hasselman Scott LLP
Walter Riley, Civil Rights Attorney
Niki Solis, Juvenile Public Defender, San Francisco 
Ruth Spear, Attorney (Ret.)
Scott Spear, Attorney (Ret.)
Julie Wilensky, Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights

*Individual affiliations are for identification purposes only.

 

“Elena would make a great addition to our bench. She is qualified, experienced and would add to the court’s diversity.”

– Hon. Gregory Syren, Alameda County Superior Court

 

“Elena has been making such a difference in our community as an attorney.  I give her my highest recommendations to become a judge.”

– Hon. Stuart Hing

 

“I have worked with and alongside Elena Condes for 26 years and wholeheartedly support her.  She will be a great asset to the bench.”

– Walter Riley, Civil Rights Attorney (Oakland)

 

“I have worked with Elena for more than 20 years in my capacity as a Deputy District Attorney.  I have always found her to be candid, ethical, forthright, honest, and prepared.  My opinion of Elena is so high that I have actually recommended her to friends and acquaintances who needed legal assistance.” 

– Mas Morimoto, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney 

 

“I have had the pleasure of working with Elena Condes as an expert witness for clients she represented.  She was a tireless advocate for battered women and those who had no voice.  Her keen intellect and grasp of information was exceptional.  She will be an amazing judge and bring a unique and superior level of integrity to the bench, and she will provide diversity consistent with those she represents.”

– Linda Barnard, Ph.D.

 

“She [Elena] seems, by far, the most committed to civil rights and civil liberties.”

– Malcolm Burnstein, Civil Rights Attorney (Ret.)

 

“I'm proud to endorse Elena Condes for Alameda County Judge. 
Elena has fought for the County's most vulnerable populations for the last 26 years. She brings a fresh perspective to the bench and is committed to justice for all.”

- Aisha Wahab, Hayward City Council

 

“Honesty, Integrity, Commitment is something we look for when deciding who to endorse - Elena brings the added quality of compassion!  That's an unbeatable combination.”

- Alan Nagy, Mayor of Newark

 

“I strongly believe Elena has what it takes to represent the entire community.”

- LaNiece Jones

 

“We need more diverse representation in our courts. Elena Condes is a fair-minded and justice focused candidate who I believe will help bring equity to our justice system.”

– Melissa Shuen-Mallory, Elected Member ACDCC

 

“We need Judges who have worked with people with everyday problems and needs, not Judges who have worked on Wall Street.   Elena will have the ability to empathize with all litigants and has the courtroom experience we so desperately need.”

– Christopher Dolan, Dolan Law Firm (Oakland, San Francisco)

 

“Earlier this year I listened intently to Elena answer some tough questions from the F.U.N. Progressives and the HADC. She answered some tough questions with wisdom, common sense and heart.  I believe Elena Condes is exactly the kind of Judge our courts need today.”

– Fred Morrision, Elected Delegate to the Democratic Party of California Dist. 20 

 

   "Elena Condes is a highly respected attorney who has the integrity and legal experience to best serve the people of Alameda County. Her commitment to serving the community is unmatched. I wholeheartedly support her campaign to become our next superior court judge."
– Monica Othón Espinosa, Attorney

 

“As a first-time voter and a high school student, I believe it's important for our judges to understand the priorities of young people across Alameda County. In addition to an impeccable legal record of fighting for marginalized communities, Elena Condes has demonstrated her commitment to a strong public education system, as well as her efforts to build a younger, more diverse legal field. I'm proud to support Elena's campaign to succeed Carol Brosnahan on our Superior Court.”

–Arjav Rawal, Vice Chair, California High School Democrats

 

“As an educator working with many youth touched by the court system, I see what a difference a judge makes in the life of a child.  Elena Condes is the kind of judge who brings not just justice but social justice to the bench”

– Alysse Castro, Executive Director of Alternative Schools 

 

“An experienced lawyer who leads with integrity, Elena Condes has mentored students and attorneys from diverse backgrounds for decades. She is a role model.”

– Maria D. Dominguez, Esq. Vice Chair, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women

 

“I have known Elena personally and professionally for over 20 years. Her integrity, decency, deep sense of fairness and unwavering commitment to justice would make her an ideal judge.”

– Andrew Love, Appellate Attorney

 

“Elena is the consummate professional.  She is a compassionate and prepared advocate.  I am confident she will bring her high standards of professionalism to the Alameda County Superior Court.”

– Michael Nieto, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

“Elena Condes has the experience and character to be a great judge.”

– Penny Cooper, Criminal Defense Attorney (Berkeley)

 

“Alameda County is long overdue for a fair, impartial judge that might rectify the chronically uneven and racially-biased sentencing in our county. That person is Elena Condes.”

–Lisa Tracy, Philanthropy Vision

 

“Elena Condes is and will be an asset to the people of Alameda County.”

– Hon. Carlos Ynostroza, Alameda County Superior Court (Ret.)

 

“Elena Condes has my full support and endorsement. She will be an excellent judge.”

– Hon. Armando CuellarAlameda County Superior Court

 

“Elena Condes is dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified. She will be an excellent addition to the Alameda County Superior Court bench. I confidently support the candidacy of Ms. Condes.” 

– Hon. Leo Dorado, Alameda County Superior Court

 

“Elena will be a great judge.  She has the judicial temperament, experience, and knowledge that is needed on the bench. “

– Glenn Kim, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney

 

“Elena has a deep history as a lawyer in the community and a commitment to justice for all. She embraces the values of our diverse cultures and seeks to apply the law to help protect those who are in greatest need.”

– Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate, University of California, Berkeley

 

“Elena Condes is a very thoughtful and experienced attorney and would make a fine judge.”

–David Haubert, Mayor, City of Dublin

 

“Elena is smart, dedicated, fair and ethical. She will make a superb superior court judge.”

– Niki Solis, Juvenile Public Defender, San Francisco 

 

“We need more judges with practice experience in criminal law.”

– Jonathan Simon, University of California, Berkeley

 

“Elena is the total package: smart, conscientious and empathetic. She will be a great addition to the Alameda County bench.”

– Matthew Dalton, Attorney

 

“I have known Elena for over many years— personally and professionally.  Whether consulting on a case or giving advice, Elena is always calm, clear, and engaged.  She has, with compassion and integrity spent her professional career working with underdog.  She is the real deal.  I practice in front of judges everyday and I know Elena has the dedication, temperament and experience needed to be a well respected, successful judge.”  

– Carol Barnett, East Bay Children’s Law Offices

 

“Elena Condes' years of criminal justice work and her commitment to building healthy safe communities makes her an ideal candidate for Judge”

–David Wofford, Former Assistant to Alameda County Supervisor John George

 

“As a retired attorney, I know of Elena's work and her passion for a fair judiciary that includes multiple diversion programs for non-violent offenders.  And on a personal level, I know Elena as a hard worker in Soroptimists, an organization whose mission is to improve the lives and women and girls.  Elena will make an incredible superior court judge.”

– Barbara Lanier, Attorney (Ret.)

 

"I wholeheartedly endorse Elena for superior court judge. Her many years of
experience serving a vast array of clients within the justice system will
make her an excellent addition to the bench."

Chelsea Bonini, Attorney

 

“I have known Elena Condes as a colleague and friend.  She will make a great judge.”

– Ruth Spear, Attorney (Ret.)

 

“I have observed Elena Condes, first as a law school classmate and since as a colleague and friend to be one of the most dedicated and diligent people I know. We, the residents of Alameda County will benefit from Elena's compassion, civility and dedication. I endorse Elena Condes wholeheartedly for Superior Court Judge.

– Alicia Park, Attorney

 

“Elena has decades of experience with our local Alameda County courts, bringing invaluable knowledge of local issues. She is by far the most qualified of the candidates for this position.”

– Autumn Paine, Attorney

 

”Elena is the best candidate for the job. Her experience and skills are what is needed in Alameda County.” 

– Tiffanee Jones, Vallejo City Unified School District

 

“My personal observation: Elena Condes is a remarkably able Attorney.”

– William DuBois, Attorney (Ret.) 47 years Alameda County 

 

“Elena will bring invaluable insight and integrity to the Alameda County bench.”

– Victor Ochoa, Attorney

 

“As a school board trustee in office for 7 years in Oakland I know how important it is that our judges be experienced with the challenges faced by citizens and especially our youth who end up in the criminal system. Elena is equipped with the right qualities to serve us best.

– Rosie Torres, OUSD Board Trustee

 

“Elena Condes is an experienced and respected trial attorney who will make an excellent judge.”

– Hon. Jon R. Rolefson, Alameda County Superior Court

 

“As a native of Oakland and decades long resident of Hayward, I understand the need for judicial expertise that is intelligently thoughtful and rigorously engaged in the communities served by the courts. Elena Condes is a superb example of someone who will be a dignified, well considered member of the bench.”

– Dr. María Ochoa, Professor Emerita, San José State University

 

"What sets Elena apart is her integrity.  Her word is truthful.  As one of the most hard working, compassionate and committed people I have come across, Elena  would be a tremendous asset to the court.”

– Neesha Tambe, TechCurnch

 

“She [Elena Condes] is dynamic in court as an attorney, she probably will be just as or more dynamic as the judge.”

– Mario Andrews, Attorney

 

“I am proud to endorse Elena Condes for judge on the Alameda County Superior Court.  I have known Ms. Condes for many years.  We served together on the board of directors of the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association.  She is intelligent, diligent, a hard worker, a very nice person, and dedicated to the cause of everybody having access to legal services.”

– Erlinda Castro, Attorney

 

“Attorney Elena Conde will make a great Judge.  She would bring dedication, experience and sensitivity to all people.  I have had the chance to consult with her professionally and she was knowledgeable and  diligent in her work.  As one of the few Hispanic Attorneys in The Bay Area, I am proud to recommend her to the position of Superior Court Judge of California.”

– Manuel Juarez, Attorney

 

“I’ve known Elena Condes since law school and she has always demonstrated and acted in the highest possible ethical and professional manner. She not only possesses the integrity necessary to be a judicial officer but she also possesses the intellectual ability to be a fair and dispassionate judge. I fully endorse Elena and know she will be a welcome asset to the Alameda County Bench.”

– Diego Ortiz, Attorney

 

“I am voting for Elena Condes. She is more than qualified for the job of Alameda County Superior Court Judge. Condes is intelligent, competent, and kind. Her sensitivity and wisdom came through when she acted as defense attorney for one of my good friends. I have lived in Berkeley with my family for 30 years, and I am excited to see Condes become our judge.”

 – Gloria Pass, (Berkeley)

 

“I’’ve known Elena Condes for more than 30 years. She is a committed, fair, and compassionate lawyer. I know she will bring these qualities to the bench.”

– Geri Green, Civil Rights Attorney

 

“Elena is one of the best people I know.”

– Robin Young

 

“I have known Elena for over 20 years and can say that she has the integrity, commitment and sense of fairness that will make her an excellent judge. I am proud to endorse her candidacy!”

–Kathryn Rogers, Architect 

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