ALAMEDA, CA — This is Benjamin Reyes, taking his oath to serve as a Contra Costa County Superior Court judge.
He was appointed by California Governor Jerry Brown back in May.
Reyes is only the second Filipino-American to serve on the superior court bench in the nine-county Bay Area.
The first was San Francisco Judge Ronald Quidachay, who was appointed in 1983, and still serves to this day.
“The impact of this appointment is not lost on me. I feel the weight of the community on my shoulders, and I also understand that I have tremendous expectations of me and I hope to fulfill those expectations,” said Reyes.
Reyes adds that while he is honored to be the first Fil-Am judge in 34 years, he will not be the last.
“I feel now I have an important role to ensure that I inspire others to apply for positions on the bench, and if they aren’t interested in the application process to run for judicial positions as they become available,” he said.
For the past 17 years, he’s worked with Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, which is a public agency law firm that serves as city attorney for 20 cities and general council for over 100 special districts.
Reyes has also been the city attorney for Union City and Pinole.
He says that he is excited to start a new chapter in his professional career, while being a good representative of the Filipino community.
“I think the energy, the motivation, the desire to understand that I play a very important role in the administration of justice for me will keep me earnest and honest, and I will work my very best to try to make sure that I fulfill the duties of the position.”
Reyes first assignment will be to the Richmond Courthouse in the criminal department.