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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Alameda County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 2

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Jennifer Madden

Human Trafficking Prosecutor
251,310 votes (79.68%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Assure access to justice for all citizens of Alameda County
  • Continue and enhancement Restorative Justice Programs within the Criminal Justice System, especially for youth
  • Perform my duties as a Judge in a fair and impartial manner



Profession:Human Trafficking Prosecutor-Head of the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit at the DA's Office
Vice-Chair, City of Oakland Safety and Services Oversight Commission — Appointed position (2015–current)
Law Clerk, Law Office of Donna Brorby, assisted with class action lawsuit on behalf of prisoners in the Texas Dept.of Criminal Justice (1997–1997)


University of California at Berkeley Juris Doctorate, Law (1997)
University of California at Berkeley Bachelor of Arts, African American Studies and Political Science (1994)

Community Activities

Volunteer (Support Staff and Driver), Charlotte Maxwell Clinic supporting low-income women with cancer by providing free holistice care such as accupuncture and massage treatments (1998–current)
Past President and Life Member, California Association of Black Lawyers (CABL) (1998–current)
Board of Managers, YMCA of Oakland, serving both East and West Oakland (2010–2011)
Intern, Berkeley Own Recognizance Project, assisting low-income defendants who cannot afford to post bail (1992–1993)



Georgetown University Public Policy Institute Fellow at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, June 2012.

University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley School of Law, Juris Doctorate, May 1997.

University of California at Berkeley, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and African American Studies (with Honors), May 1994.

Legal Experience

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney (2012-Present) and Deputy District Attorney (1997-2012)

  • Jennifer heads the Human Exploitation and Trafficking Unit (H.E.A.T.) and supervises H.E.A.T Watch, a 5 point strategy to combat Human Trafficking. She manages a team of trial attorneys and staff who prosecute traffickers and trains law enforcement and community members throughout the country about the signs of Human Trafficking and how the community can positively respond and assist survivors. Additionally, Jennifer serves on the Executive Board of the City of Oakland Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) Task Force.
  • Previously, Jennifer led in the development of Girls Court, a gender-specific court at the Juvenile Justice Center, served on the Gender Responsive Task Force and led in the development of the Young Women’s Saturday Program and SafetyNet, a weekly collaborative case review for juvenile victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Prior assignments include negotiating 75-100 cases in court on a daily basis as the head of a misdemeanor trial team for four years, managing a team of trial attorneys and law clerks, vertically handling domestic violence cases and trying 31 cases to verdict.

Prior to passing the California Bar Examination in 1997, Jennifer assisted in a class action lawsuit representing the interests of inmates under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice which alleged claims of medical neglect and physical and sexual abuse. In addition, she handled administrative claims for denied claimants in the Social Security system.

 Community Leadership and Service

City of Oakland Public Safety and Services Commission, Vice-Chair (Present)

The Links, Inc., Alameda Contra Costa Chapter, Member of the Executive Board (Present)

Charlotte Maxwell Clinic for low-income women with cancer, 18- year volunteer (Present)

West Oakland YMCA Board of Managers (2011-2012)

California Association of Black Lawyers, Life Member and Past President (2009-2010)

Charles Houston Bar Association, Past President (2005-2007)

Other present and past memberships include the East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association, Asian American Prosecutors Association, Minority Bar Coalition, Women Lawyers of Alameda County, The Bar Association of San Francisco and the Alameda County Bar Association.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • 40 members of the Judiciary
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Alameda County Democratic Party

Organizations (24)

  • California Association of Black Lawyers
  • Castro Valley Democratic Club
  • Deputy Sheriff's Association of Alameda County
  • East Bay La Raza Lawyers Association
  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus PAC
  • East Bay Young Democrats
  • John George Democratic Club
  • International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 10
  • Korean American Bar Association of Northern California
  • Laborers' Local 304
  • Livermore Police Officer's Association
  • Oakland East Bay Democratic Club
  • Peace Officer's Research Association of California
  • South Asian Bar Association of Northern California
  • United Food and Commercial Workers Union, Local 5
  • Vietnamese Bar Association of Northern California
  • Women Lawyers of Alameda County
  • Alameda County Democratic Party
  • Asian American Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley
  • Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
  • Alameda County Asian Pacific American Democratic Caucus
  • Alameda Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Bay Area News Group/East Bay Times
  • Black Women Organized For Political Action (PAC)

Elected Officials (23)

  • Rob Bonta, California Assembly Member
  • London Breed, President San Franciscoo Board of Supervisors
  • Keith Carson, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Teresa Cox, Ohlone Board of Trustees
  • Carol Dutra-Vernaci, Mayor of Union City
  • Joseph Goethels, Mayor of San Mateo
  • Scott Haggerty, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Loni Hancock, California State Senator
  • Michael Hannon, City of Newark Council Member
  • David Haubert, Mayor of Dublin
  • Dianne Martinez, Mayor of Emeryville
  • Marlon McWilson, Alameda County Board of Education Trustee
  • Gay Plair Cobb, Former Alameda County Board of Education Trustee
  • Jim Oddie, City of Alameda Council Member
  • Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney
  • Barbara Parker, Oakland City Attorney
  • Bill Quirk, California Assembly Member
  • Sandre Swanson, Former California Assembly Member
  • Paul Sethy, Director Alameda County Water District
  • Eric Swalwell, United States Congress
  • Richard Valle, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Tony Thurmond, California Assembly Member
  • Annie Campbell Washington, Vice-Mayor City of Oakland

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