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California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 4, Division 3

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Kathleen E. O'Leary

Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 4, Division 3, 2012-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
1,443,877 votes (64.5%)Winning
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Top 3 Priorities

  • [In retention elections, justices do not run against opposing candidates.]
  • [If a justice receives more “yes” votes than "no" votes, the justice will remain in his or her position for another term.]
  • [If not, the justice will complete the current term and then a new justice will be appointed by the Governor.]



Profession:Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Presiding Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 4, Division 3 — Elected position (2011–current)
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 4, Division 3 — Elected position (2000–2011)
Judge, Orange County Superior Court — Appointed position (1986–2000)
Judge, West Orange County Municipal Court — Appointed position (1981–1986)


Loyola Marymount University B.A., political science
Southwestern University School of Law J.D., law

Community Activities

Member, Executive Committee, Commission on the Future of the Courts (not availa–current)
Co-Chair, Committee on Providing Access and Fairness, Judicial Council (not availa–current)
Chair, Committee on Financial Accountability and Efficiency, Judicial Council (not availa–current)

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