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San Diego County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Office 22

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Alana Robinson

Assistant United States Attorney
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Ensuring equal justice for all - As an award-winning trial lawyer who has taught trial advocacy to lawyers across the nation, I will ensure that everyone's Constitutional rights are afforded them and that all are treated with respect and dignity.
  • Serving the community with integrity and fairness - As a recognized ethics expert, I advise and train other lawyers how to meet their high legal ethical obligations.
  • Promoting the public's trust in our courts through fair, impartial, and just resolutions to important issues affecting people's lives.



Profession:Federal Prosecutor - Assistant US Attorney
First Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, San Diego — Appointed position (2015–2018)
Acting United States Attorney, United States Attorney's Office, San Diego — Appointed position (2017–2017)
Criminal Chief, United States Attorney's Office, San Diego — Appointed position (2014–2015)
Chief, Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Section, United States Attorney's Office — Appointed position (2012–2014)
Litigation Associate, Baker & McKenzie (1988–1990)


University of California, Berkeley School of Law JD, law (1988)
University of California, San Diego BA, Political Science major with a Spanish Literature minor (1985)

Community Activities

Sunday School teacher, Immaculata Church (2014–current)
Volunteer Project LEAD teacher to fifth graders, Porter and Valencia Park Elementary Schools (2017–current)
Legal Ethics Committee Member, San Diego County Bar Association (2019–current)
Chief Ethics Advisor, United States Attorney's Office, San Diego (2015–current)
Girl Scout Troop Leader, Girl Scouts of America (1995–2003)


Alana Wong Robinson is running for Judge because she believes the bench should that reflect the diversity of the community it serves and should be comprised of Judges with impeccable professional credentials.  Alana has dedicated 29 years to public service as a federal prosecutor, seeking justice for all – victims, the accused, and the community.  She has served in many leadership positions, including a term as the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.  Her extensive trial experience provides her with the perfect background to fulfill the role of a judge with distinction – protecting and safeguarding everyone’s due process rights while running a courtroom where all are treated with respect and dignity.  As the daughter of Chinese and Mexican immigrants and a strong LGBTQ ally, Alana brings a diverse perspective to the bench which is crucial to making important decisions that affect people’s lives.


Alana is a nationally recognized expert in trial advocacy and legal ethics and also serves on the San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee.  Her commitment to the community has led her to volunteer countless hours teaching our youth about our civic duty and the call to serve one another.  She has been a mentor to many, especially those on the margins who are still fighting for inclusion and opportunity.


Alana’s professional and lived experiences make her the best choice for San Diego Superior Court Judge, Seat 22.  For more information about Alana, please go to:



Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of San Diego (LWVSD) and the League of Women Voters of North County San Diego (LWVNCSD) (3)


What is the most significant challenge facing the San Diego Superior Court over the next decade, and if you are elected, how will you help to address it?

No answer provided.
What action (personal or professional) that you have taken most exemplifies how you would execute the duties of the office you are running for?
Answer from Alana Robinson:

I have dedicated three decades of my career to serving the public as an Assistant United States Attorney.  I have also volunteered in many ways to mentor our youth, law students, and newer lawyers because I believe in giving back to the community that I love.  Using my talents and gifts to serve others has been my vocation and avocation.  I would execute my duties as a Judge with the same attitude of service to the community and the litigants who come to court seeking justice.

Would you say that the San Diego County Bar Association's judicial evaluation of you (see ) is a fair and accurate assessment of your qualifications? If not, which aspects of your experience may have been overlooked or undervalued?
Answer from Alana Robinson:

I am honored that the San Diego County Bar Association ("SDCBA") rated me "Exceptionally Qualified" to serve our community as a Judge.  This is the highest rating possible and I am humbled by the respect and esteem that my peers at the SDCBA have for my abilities and talents.

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What kinds of cases did you deal with over your career as a practicing lawyer?
Answer from Alana Robinson:

Over my 32 years of practicing law in San Diego County, I have handled by civil and criminal cases.  I have extensive experience prosecuting violent crime (including child abuse, kidnapping, attempted murder, conspiracy to murder, and armed robberry), human trafficking, firearms trafficking, national security crimes, fraud and money laundering, and drug trafficking.  As a prosecutor, my goal has always been to promote public safety and to do justice in every case.  On the civil side, I have worked on cases involving wrongful death, employment discrimination, contract disputes, environmental law, patent disputes, and insurance defense.  My broad experience prepares me well to serve our community as a Judge.

Criminal Justice Question

Overall, do you feel the criminal justice system works fairly and effectively in your county?  If not, why not?

No answer provided.
Civil Cases Question

Do you think courts do a good job of handling civil cases in your county?  If not, why not?

No answer provided.

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