SACRAMENTO, Calif. Oct. 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Judikat West, one of California’s leading providers of private dispute resolution services, has added Judge Emily E. Vasquez, formerly of the Sacramento County Superior Court, to its list of neutrals. Based in the Sacramento office, she serves as a mediator, arbitrator and private judge on matters statewide.
“Judge Vasquez, the first Latina judge of the Sacramento County Superior Court, has always been a pioneer in his profession,” said Rosemarie Chiusano Drohan, executive vice president of business development at Juddicate West. “She is incredibly well-liked and respected in the Sacramento legal community and across the state, in large part because of her fairness, dedication and patience — all of which make her as outstanding a neutral as she was when she was a judge. We couldn’t be happier to work with her.”
Judge Vasquez has over 44 years of legal experience, underscored by 20 years on the bench of Sacramento County Superior Court. During her tenure, she directed a general litigation department that included criminal and civil trials, bank trials and preliminary hearings, and complex civil litigation. She has decided hundreds of cases involving a wide range of constitutional, statutory and other legal issues, including presiding judges in nearly 400 civil and criminal trials. Prior to her appointment in 2001, Judge Vasquez practiced with the nonprofit legal services firm California Rural Legal Assistance and with various government organizations including the Fair Employment and Housing Commission, the Public Employment Relations Board and the Sacramento County Public Defender. She has served twice on the Judicial Council’s Court Technology Advisory Committee (CTAC), served as co-chair of the CTAC Outreach Subcommittee, and authored key standards on how court technology can assist litigants through the court system. Judge Vasquez was also a shareholder in Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann & Girard and litigated in state and federal courts on a variety of matters specializing in labor and employment law.
Among Judge Vasquez’s numerous leadership roles within the legal community, she was appointed by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to chair the State Bar Trustees Nominating Committee for the California Supreme Court. In 2020, she was appointed co-chair of the Committee on Community Engagement and Fairness of the Sacramento County Superior Court by Judge Russell Hom, now a neutral jurisdiction in the West. Judge Vasquez served on the Executive Committee of the Commission on the Future of California’s Court System and was President of the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court. She is a member of the California Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers of Sacramento, the California Latino Judges Association and the Sacramento County Bar Association. She is also a frequent mentor and mock trial judge at regional law schools and high schools.
Highly decorated for her legal and community accomplishments, Judge Vasquez was named Judge of the Year in 2022 by the American Board of Trial Advocates and in 2019 by the Sacramento County Bar Association. Also in 2022 she received the “Defensora de Justicia”. Award from the Cruz Reynoso Bar Association and the first Judge Emily E. Vasquez Community Service Award from the Schwartz/Levi Inn of Court and the University of California, Davis King Hall School of Law.
Judge Vasquez is fluent in English and Spanish. She received her JD from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (1977) and her BA from the University of California, Davis (1974).
About Judiciary West
Judikat West is one of California’s premier providers of private dispute resolution services, with a respected roster of trusted neutrals, including retired state and federal judges, as well as professional attorney mediators and arbitrators from a variety of practice backgrounds. Established in 1993, the firm prides itself on its utmost integrity in providing innovative solutions to all types of civil disputes. The firm’s winning formula includes high caliber neutrals, a great corporate culture and an experienced team of ADR professionals dedicated to providing gold standard Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. Judikat West has offices in Santa Ana, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego and San Francisco.