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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de AlamedaCandidato para Juez, Cargo 2

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Elena Condes

Trial Attorney
147,168 votos (41.18%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • Increasing access to the justice system.
  • Expanding and supporting alternatives to incarceration, such as diversion programs for non-violent offenders.
  • Support and mentor young people to increase diversity in the legal field.

Experiencia

Experiencia

Profesión:Private Criminal Defense Attorney
Sole Pracitioner, Self - Law Offices of Elena Condes (1993–current)
Member, Human Welfare & Community Action Commission — Cargo designado (2010–2011)

Educación

Golden Gate University School of Law Juris Doctorate (J.D.), Law (1992)
University of Arizona Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, Major Finance (1989)

Actividades comunitarias

Treasurer, Past-President, Board Member, Member, East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association (1998–current)
Member, Soroptimist International (2019–current)
Member, Co-Administrator, Educational Equity Alliance (EEA) at Washington Elementary School, Berkeley (2009–2011)
Coach, ABGSL (Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League) (2009–2010)
Co-Chair, Board Member, Women Defenders (1998–2003)

Biografía

For 26 years, I have been a sole practitioner in a private criminal defense practice representing those accused of crimes from petty thefts to homicides. During that time I have practiced in both state and federal courts. I have represented indigent defendants as a Court Appointed panel attorney in Alameda County for serious criminal cases and on the CJA panel for federal criminal cases. I also served on the Executive Committee for the Court Appointed Attorneys program in Alameda County for a two year term, which oversees the Court Appointed Attorneys in the program. Additionally, I served as a Judge Pro Tem in Alameda County in 2006.

I am in court daily and through my practice have extensive experience in all aspects of court processes from pre trial procedures, motions, discovery, legal research and trials.  I also developed significant skills in negotiating. The vast majority of cases settle without trials, my negotiation and mediation skills will be invaluable to help the litigants understand the benefits of early resolution and settlement.

I have authored a chapter in the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), Scientific Evidence and Expert testimony in California, “GPS, Cell Phones and other Tracking Devices” from 2009 to 2016. I have also been the update author in the CEB Criminal Procedure and Practice chapter on “Arraignments” from 2003   2019.

EDUCATION

JURIS DOCTOR GRADUATED 1992    Golden Gate University, School of Law San Francisco, California
Legal Internships:
Federal Public Defender’s Office 1992
Responsibilities included research and drafting motions. San Francisco, California
San Francisco County Public Defender’s Office 1991
Responsibilities included research and drafting motions. San Francisco, California

B.S. IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION, Major in Finance GRADUATED 1989
University of Arizona Tucson, Arizona

ADMISSIONS & ASSOCIATIONS

1993, Admitted to Practice in California, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, Ninth
Circuit Court of Appeals; 1997, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California; 2007 U.S.
District Court, Southern District of California

Member: Alameda County Bar Association; 2004 Chair WomenDefenders; 2003-2006, Alameda
County Bar Association Court Appointed Attorneys Program Committee member; 2005-2006 &
2010-2012 President East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, currently Board Member and
Treasurer; EBLRLA Scholarship Fund, Treasurer

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


Co-chair of the Berkeley High School Site Council 2014-2015.
Co-developed Educational Equity Alliance (EEA) at Washington Elementary School, Berkeley. EEA
funding provided one-on-one after school math and literacy tutoring and bilingual books to
facilitate family reading in homes with English learner students. Through an auction and music
program the EEA raised close to $20,000 each of the first three years 2009-2011. The program is
still in place today.
Secured (and received) a $5,000.00 grant for the construction of an outdoor classroom for the
gardening and cooking classes at Washington Elementary School.
Secured (and received) a grant for the Quick Reads Literacy program at Washington Elementary
School.
Member of the Washington Elementary School Governance Committee 2007-2010.
Member of the Longfellow Middle School, Berkeley, PTA Fundraising committee, 2013.
Member of the Berkeley Human Welfare and Community Action Commission 2010-2011.
Coach for ABGSL (Albany Berkeley Girls Softball League) 2009-2010
Cakes 4 Kids - make birthday cakes for kids in foster/group homes and homeless shelters
Member of Soroptimit Intermational of El Cerrito.- Current

¿Quién apoya a este candidato?

Featured Endorsements

  • Courage California
  • East Bay Times Editorial Endorsement
  • Hon. Carol S. Brosnahan, Alameda County Superior Court

Organizaciónes (16)

  • EBWPA- The East Bay Women’s Political Alliance
  • BWOPA- Black Women Organized for Political Action
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • HONOR PAC
  • Bay Rising Action
  • Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
  • NUHW- The National Union of Healthcare Workers
  • APALA- Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
  • Iron Workers Union Local 378
  • LiUNA! Laborers’ Local 304 (Laborers’ International Union Of North America)
  • BALIF (Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom) – an LGBTQI Bar Association
  • Equality California
  • Green Party of Alameda County
  • John George Democratic Club
  • TriValley Democratic Club
  • Wellstone Democratic Renewal Club

Funcionarios electos (45)

  • Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender
  • Ruben Sundeen, Comm. Alameda County Superior Court
  • Pelayo Llamas Jr, Comm. Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Carlos Ynostroza, Alameda County Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Hon. Delia Trevino, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Trina Thompson, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Gregory Syren, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Andrew Steckler, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Jon R. Rolefson, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Thomas Rogers, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Frank Roesch, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Victor Rodriguez, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Benjamin T. Reyes II, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Hon. James R. Reilly, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Thomas Reardon, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Jennifer Madden, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Victoria Kolakowski, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Joni Hiramoto, Contra Costa County Superior Court
  • Hon. Stuart L. Hing, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Delbert Gee, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Lupe Garcia, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Leo Dorado, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Armando Cuellar, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. James Cramer, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Jason Clay, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. C. Don Clay, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Arturo Castro, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Cecilia P. Castellanos, Alameda County Superior Court (Ret.)
  • Hon. Clifford Blakely, Alameda County Superior Court
  • Hon. Sandra K. Bean, Alameda County Superior Court
  • David Haubert, Mayor, City of Dublin
  • Christian Patz, Mayor, City of Emeryville
  • Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Mayor, City of Alameda
  • Eric Swalwell, United States Congress, 15th District Representative
  • Ty Alper, Vice-President, Berkeley School Board
  • Corina Lopez, City Council Member, City of San Leandro
  • Noel Gallo, Oakland City Council, District 5
  • Rashi Kesarwani, Berkeley City Council, District 1
  • Kate Harrison, Berkeley City Council, District 4
  • Sophie Hahn, Berkeley City Council, District 5
  • Mark Salinas, City Council Member, City of Hayward
  • Malia Vella, Teamsters 856
  • Richard Valle, Alameda County Board of Supervisors, District 2
  • Loni Hancock, Former State Senator (2001- 2015)
  • Tom Bates, Former Mayor of Berkeley

Individuos (28)

  • Walter Riley, Civil Rights Attorney (Oakland)
  • Arjav Rawal, Vice Chair, California High School Democrats
  • Leticia Salinas, Newark USD
  • Michael Nieto, Alameda County District Attorney
  • Armando Pastran, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
  • Andrew Love, Appellate Attorney
  • David Wofford, Former Assistant to Alameda County Supervisor John George
  • Randy Schekman, Nobel Laureate, University of California, Berkeley
  • Niki Solis, Juvenile Public Defender, San Francisco
  • Julie Wilensky, Attorney, National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • Elizabeth Grossman, Attorney (Berkeley)
  • Elgin Lowe, Alameda County Deputy District Attorney
  • Tiffanee Jones, Vallejo City Unified School District
  • Alysse Castro, Executive Director of Alternative Schools
  • Betsy Candler, UC Hastings School of the Law
  • Paul Chavez, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Jonathan Simon, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Jeffrey Selbin, Clinical Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Elisabeth Semel, Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Arthur Krantz, Public Employment Relations Board
  • Austin Tam, BVUMC Community Developer, founded the Asian Pacific Disability Awareness
  • Neesha Tambe, TechCurnch
  • Dr. María Ochoa, Professor Emerita, San José State University
  • Alessandro De Giorgi, Ph.D., SJSU · Department of Justice Studies
  • Maria D. Dominguez, Vice Chair, Alameda County Commission on the Status of Women
  • Rosie Torres, OUSD Board Trustee
  • Margo Schueler, Civil Engineer
  • Dr. Paul Ray, Astrophysicist, Cal Alum

Preguntas y Respuestas

Preguntas de League of Women Voters of California (3)

What kinds of cases did you deal with over your career as a practicing lawyer?
Respuesta de Elena Condes:

I have been a criminal defense attorney for 26 years.  I have represented people who have been accused of crimes, in both the state and federal courts, from the most benign to the most serious.I also handle civil restraining orders in my practice now.  At the beginning of my practice, I was a contract attorney for other attorneys handling civil contract disputes and personal injury cases. 

In every case, there is a person who is facing the full force and resources of the government and I have been privileged to stand with them and defend them. The most basic principles of our justice system, our rights guaranteed by the Constituiton and our due process rights are on the line everyday in the criminal justice system.  At the end of the day, each of us are allowed the same rights we give to those who are accused of the worst of crimes. It is paramount to protect those rights for everyone or we lose them for all of us.

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

As a criminal defense attorney for 26 years, I have been in courtrooms in every county in the Bay Area and many beyond.  In my opinion, The Alameda County judicial bench is unique and notable in its conscientious and thoughtful approach to justice which is reflected in the many collaborative courts and the mental health court in the county.

There are a number of reasons that the criminal justice system does not work for many people in the county.  Not having regional courts where each community has a courthouse to handle most cases types that come to the court has created burdens. Having only two courthouses handle felonies in the county, Oakland and Dublin,  creates significant burdens on family members of the accused when they have to travel substantial distances to go to court to support their famiily member or friend.  Having a bail schedule that includes cash bail amounts for non-violent offenders, or otherwise poverty crimes, affects disadvantaged communities disproportionally. 

Lastly, prosecutorial discretion regarding charging and who is allowed to take advantage of the diversion and collaborative courts also creates disparity around the impacts the criminal justice system has on disadvantaged communities

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

I do believe that the reassignment of courts away from the regional courts has created barriers to access to the courts, thereby access to justice, for many people in the county.  More than 50% of civil litigants are in court without a lawyer becuase they cannot afford one.  The county has only one law library in Oakland and the courthouse with the most self-represented litigants is in Hayward.  If a litigant wants to find more information about how to handle their case as well as file their case they have to travel back and forth between Hayward and Oakland and may not live in either of those cities. I believe the assignments of the courts make it difficult for litigants, especially for self-represented litigants.

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