Judge Katherine Lucero currently sits as Supervising Judge in Juvenile Dependency Court where she currently oversees hundreds of cases involving abused and neglected children. In 2006 she also sat as an Appellate Judge in the Superior Court Appellate Division.
Prior to this assignment she spent 18 months in both Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Criminal Court. Prior to the criminal court tour she sat from January 2002 through January 2005 in Family Court. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for NCJFCJ and is Chair of the Permanency Placement Department Advisory Committee and is a Steering Committee member of the Courts Catalyzing Change initiative. Before being appointed by the Governor in August of 2001, Judge Lucero had spent her entire legal career in the area of child abuse and neglect. She is a former Deputy District Attorney specializing in crimes against children and the elderly.
Judge Lucero has served for the last twenty years on numerous committees, panels, boards, councils and projects on behalf of the community. She has previously served as a member of the Santa Clara Child Abuse Council for seven years; she served on the Santa Clara County Child Death Review Team for three years prior to becoming a Bench Officer. She has also served as the President, vice-president and treasurer for the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association. Judge Lucero has also served on various committees for the local bar association including the Judiciary Committee in 1996. She is a current Commissioner on the Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Commission, and a member of the Advisory Board of Kids in Common.
Judge Lucero has trained other judges and child welfare professionals at local, state and national conferences on issues involving the Impact of Domestic Violence on Children, on Family Drug Courts, Immigration Issues in Dependency Court and on the Disproportionate Impact of the Child welfare System on Children of Color.
2009 Vision Award, Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley
2009 NAACP 100 Freedom Fighter award
2008 Unsung Hero, Santa Clara County Bar Association, Diversity Committee
2008 Women of Influence Award, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
2007 MACSA Ten Most Influential Latinos of Silicon Valley Award
2002 Legal Advocates for Children and Youth - Annual Award given for outstanding community leadership that improves the lives of children and youth in Santa Clara County.