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California State Court of AppealCandidate for Justice, District 1, Division 2

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Therese M. Stewart

Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal, District 1, Division 2, 2014-present: VOTER APPROVAL NEEDED TO REMAIN IN OFFICE
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My 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:Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeal
Associate Justice, CA Court of Appeals District One, Division Two — Elected position (2014–current)
Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District — Elected position (2014–current)
Chief Deputy City Attorney, City and County of San Francisco — Appointed position (2002–2014)
Partner, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (1988–2002)
Associate, Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin (1982–1998)
Clerk, Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch, Eleventh Circuit, United States Court of Appeals (1981–1982)


UC Berkeley School of Law J.D., Law (1981)
Cornell University B.A., (field of study not available) (1978)

Community Activities

Member, National Association of Women Judges (2014–current)
Adjunct Professor of Law, UC Hastings College of the Law (2021–current)


Official biography from the California Courts of Appeal website:

Justice Stewart was appointed to the First Appellate District in June 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. She serves as an Associate Justice in Division Two.

Before joining the Court, Justice Stewart served for 12 years as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco where she oversaw the City’s diverse litigation practice. In that capacity, she managed, under the City Attorney, a law office of about 300 employees, including about 200 attorneys. During her tenure as Chief Deputy, she also litigated a number of groundbreaking cases on behalf of the City, including In re Marriage Cases and Perry v. Brown.

Justice Stewart began her career as an associate at the San Francisco law firm of Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, where she litigated a wide range of business cases at the trial and appellate level. She spent the first 20 years of her career at Howard, Rice, becoming a partner in 1988.

Justice Stewart also served on the Board and ultimately as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in the 1990s, co-founding the School-To-College program, which mentors San Francisco youth with the goal of enabling them to obtain a college education. She has served as well on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission, the Northern District of California Delegation to the Ninth Circuit, and various Bar Association of San Francisco and California State Bar Committees. From 2007 through 2009, she served on the Public Information and Education Task Force of the Judicial Council’s Commission on Impartial Courts.

The professional and community activities Justice Stewart has engaged in since joining the bench including serving as a member of the CJER Appellate Practice Curriculum Committee, and chair of its Appellate Justice Orientation (AJO) workgroup; an AJO faculty member; co-chair of the California Judges Association’s LGBT Judges Committee, aiding the Governor’s appointments secretary in identifying and vetting LGBT candidates for judicial office; a liaison for the First Appellate District to the American Bar Association’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program; a liaison for the First Appellate District to the Bar Association of San Francisco Appellate Practice Committee, organizing and serving as faculty for educational and bench-bar events.  Justice Stewart has also been a speaker at events sponsored by the California Judges Association, the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association, the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers, the Bar Association of San Francisco and the Alameda County Bar Association.

Justice Stewart received her B.A. with distinction from Cornell University in 1978, and graduated Order of the Coif at Boalt, U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 1981. She clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch on the Eleventh Circuit from 1981 to 1982. Justice Stewart is a third generation San Franciscan and lives with her wife Carole Scagnetti in San Francisco. Their daughter, Natasha, is a public relations professional and independent filmmaker.

News Coverage, etc:

Justice Therese Stewart Reflects on Her Pioneering Career (2019 profile in San Francisco Attorney Magazine

Q&A: California Court of Appeals Justice Therese Stewart (2014 interview with The Recorder, republished in 2018 on LGBTQ Judges website)

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My only philosophy is to decide appeals and writs fairly and according to the law, without partisanship or bias.  

My priorities if re-elected:

  • To continue deciding appeals on an impartial (non-biased) basis, according to the law.
  • To ensure appeals are resolved as promptly as possible, so that justice is not delayed.
  • To behave in a manner that is ethical, unbiased, apolitical and otherwise to support the public's faith in California's court system.

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