The Honorable Susan C. Harlan - Presiding Judge
Judge Harlan graduated cum laude from the University of the Pacific in 1974. She obtained her law degree from Lincoln Law School in 1979 and completed her Master’s Degree in Business and Taxation from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1986. Prior to her appointment as a judge, she was in private practice with offices in Sutter Creek and Sacramento. Judge Harlan was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in 1991. She was elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1998, 2004, and 2010. She began serving her fourth term in January, 2011.
The Honorable J.S. Hermanson - Assistant Presiding Judge
Judge Hermanson graduated from Westmont College in 1986 after obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science. In 1992, he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of La Verne and was admitted to the California State Bar that same year. Judge Hermanson was employed as a Client’s Rights Advocate through Inland Regional Center after obtaining his degree. He later expanded his experience by opening his own law office in 1997. Judge Hermanson practiced civil, probate, personal injury and family law during the 15 years he was in private practice. In 2007, he was hired on with The Amador County District Attorney’s Office. He ended his tenure as the lead felony prosecutor in 2012, after he was elected Amador County Superior Court Judge. Judge Hermanson took office January 7, 2013.