Clare Maier

Clare Maier was appointed to the Superior Court of California, County of Contra Costa in 2007. In the six years prior to her appointment, Judge Maier served as a Judge Pro Tempore presiding over numerous courts, including Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency and Juvenile Drug Court. When serving as a Deputy Public Defender, Judge Maier tried over 100 cases. Judge Maier also worked as a civil litigator at two private law firms, Cooley LLP and Paul Hastings.

Judge Maier teaches ethics, evidence and basic trial procedure to judges newly appointed to the bench. In addition, she teaches judges courses in felony sentencing, preliminary hearings and search and seizure. She recently was invited by the U.S. Department of State to teach Judges in Macedonia. Her involvement with rehabilitative courts include being a featured speaker at the annual “Walk for Recovery” as well as at San Quentin State Prison. In 2012, Judge Maier was given an award from Zero Tolerance for her work in the area of domestic violence. Judge Maier is the 2015 Rose Bird Award recipient for excellence as a jurist.


B.A., UC Los Angeles (1987)
J.D., UC Berkeley School of Law (1990)