SAN FRANCISCO, CA - Helping other people attain the most rudimentary of benefits with the law on her side, Sheila Lichtblau, at that illuminating moment realized how powerful of a tool the law actually can be. Lichtblau is running for the open seat for Marin County Superior Court Judge. Lichtblau gives credit to two people...
One of nine candidates running for this position, Lichtblau would be the first minority female ever on the Marin County bench. Supporting her for this position are the retiring judge, other current and retired judges, as well as a variety of other endorsements. Serving the Marin community directly is the main reason Lichtblau decided to run for Marin County Superior Court Judge. Lichtblau would utilize her experience from an assortment of personal and professional backgrounds.
“I want to serve our community in Marin. As judge, I would bring 23 years of accomplished practice in the non-profit, private and public sectors. Over the course of my career, I have accumulated broad experience representing diverse clients including the disabled community, schools, governmental entities and Fortune 500 companies,” said Lichtblau.
Currently, Lichtblau spends her time as judge pro tem in small court, as a court appointed mediator for the U.S District Court, Northern, and as a Marin Legal Aid Unlawful Detainer Clinic. Additionally, Lichtblau serves as the President of the Association of Latino Marin Attorneys (ALMA) and mentors young Latino law students. Not only that, Lichtblau also volunteers in her children’s public school. Lichtblau returned in 2006 to public service at the County Counsel’s office where she remains today. Here she works in a range of fields. “I enjoy a wide variety of work, from employment and civil rights litigation to land use, contract and municipal finance law. My litigation practice includes trials, hearings and writs in state and federal courts, including the Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court,” Lichtblau.
In 2000, Lichtblau worked for a nationwide law firm where she was promoted to partner ahead of schedule. At that time she was the only female partner at that firm. Prior to that and after graduating from University of California, Hastings in 1993, Lichtblau represented impoverished Spanish speaking clients at a non-profit law firm.
Lichtblau’s upbringing has enhanced her as an individual. She also credits her character and personality to her childhood and how she grew up. “… a child of immigrant parents from India and Puerto Rico, attributes that have enriched me personally. My father, Manesh Shah, grew up outside of Mumbai during the independent movement from Britain. My mother, Margarita Sotomayor, grew up in a single family home outside of San Juan. I was born and raised in San Jose, California, in a household that emphasized education and rights for everyone,” said Lichtblau. Born and raised in a home which understood and enforced the importance of education and rights for all, Lichtblau will use her personal and professional background to serve the people of Marin County.