- Education: University of California at Berkeley, BA in Economics; University of San Francisco School of Law, JD
- Pre-bench Legal Experience: Contra Costa County Deputy District Attorney, 2007 – 2010; Alameda County Deputy District Attorney, 2011 – 2021
- Political Affiliation: Democrat
- Appointed on November 10, 2021 and sworn in on January 10, 2022.
Pre-bench Civic & Professional Activities
- Alameda County Bar Association (ACBA), Board of Director 2020 – 2021
- Asian American Bar Association (AABA)
- Asian Advisory Committee on Crime (AACC), Board of Director 2021
- Asian American Prosecutors Association (AAPA), Board of Director 2012 – 2016
- Earl Warren American Inn of Court
- Korean American Bar Association of Northern CA (KABANC), Board of Director 2006 – 2008
- Korean Prosecutors Association (KPA), Board of Director 2018 – 2020
Current Civic & Professional Activities
- California Judges Association (CJA)
- California Asian Pacific American Judges Association (CAPAJA)
Typical weekly schedule
- Jury trials Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 12 pm and 1 to 4:30 pm. Parties must appear at 8:30 am and after lunch at 1 pm, unless told otherwise. The jury generally comes in at 9 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm.
- Other matters (i.e. preliminary hearings, misdemeanor motions / calendar, DVROs, UDs, small claims) heard when not in jury trial session.
- Rules from the bench unless circumstances dictate otherwise. Welcomes pinpoint legal authority and supplemental briefing, though generally not required.
- Follows Local Rules of Court (https://www.cc-courts.org/general/local-rules.aspx).
- Only with advance Court approval.
- Judge Kim does not typically engage in settlement discussions on cases sent to his department for jury trial.
- Settlement discussions are encouraged before parties call ready and are sent out for jury trial.
In Limine Motions
- Do not call ready for a jury trial without having your motions in lim ready to file with the court.
- Court appreciates courtesy copies.
- Be prepared to have a voir dire conference and to immediately delve into in limine motions.
- Boiler plate discovery requests should be dealt with prior to jury trial.
- Parties must focus their motion in lims on specific evidentiary issues.
- For misdemeanor jury trials, the Court and parties will address questions to the first twenty four jurors, utilizing a “twelve pack” method. Felony jury trials will use the typical “six pack” method.
- AB 3070 / CCP § 231.7 and Batson-Wheeler motions will be heard outside the presence of the jury. Judge Kim encourages all parties to familiarize themselves with CCP § 231.7.
- Parties may submit their request for CALCRIM jury instructions at any time of the proceedings prior to closing arguments.
- Court will consider requests for non CALCRIM pin point jury instructions with cited legal authority. Though not required, parties may submit supplemental briefing on requests for pin point non CALCRIM jury instructions.
- Any request for additional jury instructions while the jury deliberates will be on a case by case basis.
- Both parties must admonish their witnesses and anyone associated with them, regarding any and all in limine rulings, court policies, and courtroom decorum.
- Scheduling issues must be addressed at the onset of jury trial or immediately upon notice of the issue.
- Pursuant to the Local Rules of Court.
- Judge Kim expects professional decorum at all times.
- Please treat one another courteously and with respect.
- The Court will not tolerate disparaging or personal denigrating remarks.
Court Reporters & Translators
- All misdemeanor matters utilize the electronic recording (ER) system.
- All felony matters utilize court reporters.
- Court will request and ensure the availability of interpreters for defendants, as needed.
- Parties must request and ensure the availability of interpreters for their own witnesses.
Computers in the Courtroom
- Court allows attorneys to use their “muted” computers and cell phones for work related matters while in session.
- All electronic devices must remain on mute, unless the Court allows the publication of audible material to the jury.
- A screen, projector, speaker, hearing aid, and microphone equipment are available upon request.
- Parties must address technical issues outside the jury’s presence and time in court.
- Do not expect court staff to assist with technical difficulties.
Cameras in the Courtroom
- Only with advance Court approval and pursuant to the Local Rules of Court.
- Know your case, know the law, and know your judge.
- Great lawyers have reputations that goes beyond which side of the courtroom they stand on. They have integrity, subject matter expertise, are reasonable, respectful, and know how to issue spot.
- Great lawyers are zealous advocates who understand that an adversarial process does not need to be a hostile one.