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Santa Clara County, CA June 6, 2006 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Dolores A. Carr

Candidate for
District Attorney; County of Santa Clara

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Judge Dolores A. Carr for District Attorney Web Site <


  • Proven ability to make difficult and just decisions.
  • Dedicated to upholding the law.
  • Excellent rapport with law enforcement, defense bar and judiciary.
  • Extensive experience working on behalf of crime victims.

Personal qualities
  • Energetic and determined, passionate about fair treatment for all, open to trying new approaches to resolve community problems.

Personal background
  • Santa Clara County resident since 1981, married to a San Jose police Lieutenantt, two children and two stepchildren. Active community volunteer, whose interests include spending time with family and friends, jogging, reading, dancing and music.

Professional Experience

Superior Court Judge, (2000-present)

  • Supervising Judge, Unified Family Court (2005)
  • Supervising Judge, Family Division (2002-2005)

Court Committees:
  • Executive
  • Budget/Finance
  • Rules, Internal Policies, and Legislation
  • Personnel
  • Supervising Judges
  • Family/Juvenile/Probate/Substance Abuse Domestic Violence Issues Liaison Grants Coordination, Proposition 63/Mental Health Services Act

Panelist for Continuing Education Programs:
  • California Center for Judicial Education and Research
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Family Court Services Statewide and Regional Educational Institute
  • FIRST 5 Commission
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Beyond the Bench
  • California Association of Superior Court Investigators
  • Urban Court Managers Network

Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney (1985-2000)
  • Supervising Deputy, Sexual Assault Unit
  • More than 14 years experience prosecuting criminals in court.
  • First deputy district attorney (DDA) to specialize in prosecuting sex offenders who fail to register their residence with local authorities.
  • Represented abused and neglected children in juvenile dependency court.
  • Trial attorney in sexual assault, juvenile delinquency, drunk driving, and burglary/theft cases.

Board of Reappraisers, Committee of Bar Examiners, State Bar of California (1991 - 2004)
  • One of 9 members statewide. Responsible for developing questions for and supervising the grading of the California General Bar Examination.

Consultant, National Conference of Bar Examiners (1989-2004)

Private Practice Attorney (1980 - 1985)

  • Criminal defense, general civil and litigation practice

Professional Service

President, Santa Clara County Government Attorneys Association (1994-1999)

  • Nominated, Woman of Achievement(labor),1997
  • Lecturer: Law Enforcement agencies including San Jose and SAFE Task Force
  • Sexual assault prosecution
  • Sex offender registration prosecution
  • Courtroom demeanor
  • Prosecution of domestic violence
  • Lecturer:YWCA Rape Crisis, Mid-Peninsula YWCA Rape Crisis, and Community Solutions rape crisis hotline volunteers, San Jose State University Administration of Justice Bureau
  • Sexual assault prosecution Memberships
  • California District Attorneys Association
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • California Sexual Assault Investigators Association


  • 2003 - Henry B. Collada Memorial Award for Extraordinary Service and Contribution to the Santa Clara County Family Court.

  • 2004 - Santa Clara County Bar Association Women Lawyers award for outstanding service and achievements in law and community affairs.

  • 2005 - Legal Advocates for Children and Youth "LACY" Award.

Community Service
  • Parent volunteer, Briarwood Elementary School, Guadalupe Elementary School, Dartmouth Middle School, Presentation High School, and Bellarmine College Preparatory
  • Mediator/Arbitrator, Neighborhood Small Claims Project
  • Domestic Violence Information Project, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, WOMA Battered Women's Shelter (now Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence)
  • Volunteer judge, University of Santa Clara Moot Court tournament
  • Volunteer judge, high school mock trial and speech tournaments
  • Site Council, Guadalupe Elementary School
  • Advisory Budget Committee, Union School District

  • JD, Southwestern University School of Law, 1980
  • BA in Spanish with Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1975
  • Admitted to California Bar, 1980

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