USD School of Law Alumna Lorna A. Alksne ’92 (JD) named Presiding Judge of San Diego Superior Court

Hon. Lorna A. Alksne ’92 (JD) Named Presiding Judge of San Diego Superior Court

Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne Presiding Judge Lorna Alksne

SAN DIEGO (January 14, 2020) – USD School of Law alumna Judge Lorna Alksne, ’92 (JD), was named Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, January 1. Judge Alksne succeeded fellow alumni Judge Peter Deddeh, ’82 (JD).  Judge Alksne became the third female presiding judge in county history. 

She will oversee 153 judicial officers and new technologies on a $190 million budget. Also in her purview are bail reform efforts, changes in state law that determine how some defendants in murder cases are charged and sentenced, and the governor’s moratorium on the death penalty. She plans to hear cases whenever possible. 

“I like to be busy. I don’t like to sit in my chambers and wait for something to happen,” Judge Alksne said in a recent interview.

She served as assistant presiding judge of the San Diego Superior Court to Judge Deddeh for the last two years. Her peers elected her to serve her own two-year term.

Judge Alksne received her law degree from the USD School of Law in 1992, and attended Mills College and is a graduate of La Jolla High School.

Click here to read the full article by Pauline Repard. 

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 22nd nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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