Hillcrest, California , United States
|| December 16, 1951
Jan 06, 2016 01:54am
Judaism - Lesbian -
|Info||District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, who was sworn into office on January 6, 2003, has a reputation as innovative law enforcement professional. Bonnie is an experienced felony prosecutor, criminal trial judge, and seasoned law enforcement manager who has promised to restore integrity to the office of the District Attorney. |
She began her career as a vigorous, hard-hitting prosecutor Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego DA's office. She earned community recognition and respect as a prosecutor who tried more than 50 jury trials and headed up the San Diego Metropolitan Homicide Task Force.
Voters first elected Bonnie Dumanis to the Municipal Court in 1994, after she had worked four years as a Juvenile Referee on the Superior Court bench, handling serious violent juvenile offenders. After only two years as a Municipal Court judge, Bonnie was elected by her peers to the position of Assistant Presiding Judge. By that point, she had developed the San Diego Central Division Drug Court, which was recognized as a national model because of the partnering of law enforcement with the courts, prosecutors, defense attorneys and treatment providers to fight substance abuse.
In 1998, Bonnie was elected to the Superior Court with 72 percent of the vote in a countywide race.
On the Superior Court, Bonnie played a primary role in shaping the Domestic Violence Court, stressing accountability and treatment for batterers with the goal of reducing repeat offenses. These successful innovations have received statewide recognition.
She was elected by her colleagues on the bench to serve on the Superior Court Executive Committee. The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court appointed Bonnie as the Presiding Judge over the Appellate Division of the San Diego Superior Court.
Bonnie is also active in the legal community. She is a past president of the Lawyers Club of San Diego and served on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Bar Association. She taught ethics at the University of San Diego School of Law and conducted classes for the National and California Judicial Colleges.