The Honorable Winifred Younge Smith (ret.) was appointed to the Alameda Superior Court in November 2000. Since her appointment, Judge Smith has had a variety of assignments including Civil law and Motion (20006-20070 Civil Direct Calendar Judge (2007-20012) Assistant Presiding Judge (20013-2014) Presiding Judge (20015-2016) and Complex Civil Litigation (20017-2021). Judge Smith heard civil law and motion matters, conducted civil trials and has extensive experience managing coordinated cases; the largest of which had 31,000 plaintiffs. She also presided over the “Roundup” trial which resulted in the largest civil jury award in California history. The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeal. Before she went on the bench, Judge Smith worked for the California Attorney General’s office in the Civil Division for 26 years. Judge Smith is a graduate of Stanford University and Boston University School of Law. She retired in December 2021.
B.S., Stanford University (1971)
Juris Doctor, Boston University School of Law (1974)