Native Sworn as Superior Court Judge

Courtesy photo    Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Alameda native Benjamin Reyes II Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge in May. Above, Reyes takes the oath of office from Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye while surrounded by his family. Reyes’ sister, Assistant City Clerk for the City of Alameda, Irma Glidden, appears at far left.

Assistant City Clerk for the City of Alameda, Irma Glidden, brought to my attention that this summer, her brother, Benjamin T. Reyes II, was appointed a Superior Court Judge for Contra Costa County. Reyes grew up in Alameda and, along with Glidden and his other siblings, attended Encinal High School. While a senior at Encinal, Reyes earned his Eagle Scout badge. He would go on to serve as President of the Alameda Free Library Foundation among many
other acheivements.

Today he is the first Filipino American Superior Court Judge for Contra Costa County, and just
the second Filipino American Superior Court Judge in Bay Area history.

“Ben’s story is California’s story,” said Assembly Member Rob Bonta about Reyes’ recent
appointment in a post online. “His father came to the U.S. from the Phillippines to serve in the
U.S. Navy. I could not prouder of my friend. I know he will be a champion for justice for all
Californians.”

Reyes, 51, served as city attorney for Union City since 2010 and Pinole since 2005. He is a partner in a local law firm. He also provided general counsel to the East Bay Municipal Utilities District and as deputy city attorney for San Jose. Reyes also served in the U.S. Army reserve from 1983 to 1987.

He earned his Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco’s School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley. He fills the vacancy left by Judge Thomas M. Maddock’s
retirement.