Our judicial system is the bedrock of our democratic government and vital to maintaining the rights of individuals.  In order for it to work, we need competent, fair, and impartial judges who treat all parties equally and with respect.  Judges need to be able to put aside their personal beliefs, biases, and feelings and make decisions based on the law and the evidence. My diverse experience as a litigator, small claims court temporary judge and mediator qualifies me to serve in this important role.   

I was born and raised in Sunnyvale, the heart of Santa Clara County, and knew from an early age that I wanted to be an attorney. After earning a degree in international economics from UCLA, I entered Santa Clara University School of Law.  Upon graduation I worked for Farmers Insurance as a trial attorney. This experience confirmed for me that litigation and the courtroom was where I would focus my professional life. In 2013, I left Farmers Insurance to form a law practice with my husband. While we share our cases, he primarily focuses on criminal defense matters while I represent both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases.  Working on both sides of civil litigation has given me perspective to understand issues from both points of view and has ensured a good outcome for my clients.  I endeavor to be professional, reasonable, civil, and ethical while still being a fierce advocate for my clients.  

In addition to my experience as an attorney, I have actively pursued opportunities that put me into the position of the neutral party:

  • Temporary Judge volunteer for small claims court for the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Early Settlement Conference Neutral
  • Private mediator. 

As a Temporary Judge volunteer for the Santa Clara County Superior Court, I preside over a very wide variety of small claims matters.  While presiding, my aim is to ensure that all parties are able to tell their stories and know that they are heard. I endeavor to ensure that they leave with an understanding of the law that governs the decision. My rulings are based on the law and the evidence, even when my sympathies are with the party I rule against.   

I also serve as an Early Settlement Conference Neutral for the Court where I meet with parties (and their attorneys) to assist them in resolving their matters prior to going to trial.  My experience on both sides of the aisle has enabled me to help many parties come to a mutually agreeable resolution, eliminating the need and associated expenses and stress of going to trial.    

Not only have I been a legal professional in many roles within the judicial system, I have also been a plaintiff. From that experience, I know that ending up in court or litigation is not a place anyone wants to be. I experienced this personally when I joined a colleague in a class action lawsuit against a former employer alleging they paid female attorneys less than their male counterparts.  Speaking out was not easy, but the lawsuit resulted meaningful change in the company for the women working there as well as those who will be employed there in the future.   

Throughout my career, I have used my strengths and skill set to impact my profession and my community.  

One of my proudest achievements is the administration of the Mock Trial Program in Santa Clara County. In 2004, I joined the Law Related Education Committee of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. This committee, in conjunction with the Santa Clara County Office of Education, runs the county Mock Trial Program, where high school students are presented with a fictional case and then act as attorneys and witnesses in a mock trial. In many other counties these programs are confined to classrooms with parents and teachers acting as judges. In Santa Clara County we are fortunate to have an active bar and judiciary where, over several evenings, our local judges preside over the tournaments and local attorneys act as scorers. Through the program, students learn the basic rules of evidence, trial procedure and review actual cases, under the tutelage of experienced lawyers and sitting judges.  

For five years I served as the tournament administrator, organizing the schools, arbitrating disputes about rules, and recruiting local attorneys and judges to participate. During that time we faced a drastic budget issue related to security costs that almost derailed the program. I held many meetings with court administration and security personnel to ensure the program could run safely and within budget. During my time as administrator, we increased the number of schools who participated, conducted outreach to disadvantaged schools and recruited attorneys to assist the students in their preparation. Programs like this are critical to teaching the next generation about the judicial system.  

I enjoy speaking with students about becoming an attorney. I speak at school career days to discuss the path to becoming an attorney, the different types of legal careers available and to share my experiences as a practicing attorney.   

Since 2006, I have served on the School Committee of my alma mater, St. Francis High School.  This committee provides input to the Board on all issues related to curriculum, student policy, student activities, use of technology, and admissions. One of the major issues we are addressing is student mental wellness related to the intense academic and social pressure felt by many students throughout the Bay Area.  

From 1999 to 2006, I lived in the Hoffman/Via Monte area of San Jose, which was selected to be part of San Jose's Strong Neighborhood Initiative process due to its disproportionally high level of crime, drugs and gangs in the neighborhood. I joined the Neighborhood Action Committee (NAC) that worked with the City to identify the areas of improvement that would most serve the residents. I assisted the NAC in developing our Neighborhood Implementation Plan that identified the top 10 items that would increase the quality of life in the area based on the local community’s needs. Our number one item was the creation of a Neighborhood Community Center where the children could go for supervised activities after school to alleviate financial and parenting pressures of our residents, many of whom worked several jobs and could not afford after-school childcare. The community center offers an alternative to engaging in vandalism and crime. Other items included expanding community policing, and maintaining functioning lights on city streets, private alleyways and driveways. I wrote several grant applications for the NAC for funding for various activities such as National Night Out and a community BBQ.  The Neighborhood Center was finally able to break ground in 2007 after a long process, marked by significant setbacks to obtain approval, funding and land. It was a lesson in persistence for all of us who were keen on making tangible neighborhood improvement happen.    

I currently live in San Jose with my husband and our two energetic boys and two slightly more active and energetic dogs. I am an avid science fiction reader, and have enjoyed the opportunity to co-present with other lawyers on legal issues found in the Star Trek series and movies at San Francisco Comic Con and Silicon Valley Comic Com.  

My diverse legal background, experience in presiding over courtroom cases and mediating outcomes provide me with the qualifications necessary to be a judge who ensures equal access and justice for everyone who appears before me. My temperament will ensure that all who appear before me will be treated fairly, equally and above all with respect.  

I would be honored to receive your vote in the special election for Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County.      

www.storey2018.com

Angela Storey For Judge 2018 (FPPC #1402437)

247 N. 3rd Street, San Jose, CA 95112



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    “After interviewing both judge candidates and assessing both their written and oral responses to questions, I'm endorsing Angela Storey for Superior Court judge for her balanced judicial temperament, breadth of experience including as a mediator, her greater sensitivity to and knowledge of the ethical and technical aspects of what goes on in the courtroom for all parties, and her deeply considered positions. Angela also has a clear-eyed view of the negative effect of the Persky recall on sentencing and how that's already affecting many people of color even while being a rape survivor herself who dropped out of school for a time due to the trauma. I was keenly impressed by Angela's sensitivity, intelligence, competence and thoughtfulness and would definitely feel better about our justice system if she were a judge.”

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    “I endorse Angela Storey because she has expressed the desire for diversity amongst jurors. I agree with her opinions on what fairness in court entails. Lastly, Angela herself is a rape survivor and strongly believes that the courts do need to do more to empower and encourage victims of crimes, particularly sexual assault, to come forward and that their voices need to be heard and respected while at the same time respecting the constitutional rights of defendants.”

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    “She is smart and fair, very hard working.”

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    “Angela is an intelligent, determined and extremely balanced woman. We've been friends for 30 years and she is someone whose opinion and perspective I value. She listens to all perspectives and is able to critically think about issues at hand. She would be, without a doubt, an excellent judge.”

May 3, 2018

Diverse Juries are Critical to a Fair and Impartial Justice System

In both criminal and civil trials, diverse juries can lessen individual biases and prejudices and provide differing viewpoints which enhance the deliberation process.  This diversity furthers the goal of ensuring parties and the public that the justice system is fair and impartial. 

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    “After interviewing both judge candidates and assessing both their written and oral responses to questions, I'm endorsing Angela Storey for Superior Court judge for her balanced judicial temperament, breadth of experience including as a mediator, her greater sensitivity to and knowledge of the ethical and technical aspects of what goes on in the courtroom for all parties, and her deeply considered positions. Angela also has a clear-eyed view of the negative effect of the Persky recall on sentencing and how that's already affecting many people of color even while being a rape survivor herself who dropped out of school for a time due to the trauma. I was keenly impressed by Angela's sensitivity, intelligence, competence and thoughtfulness and would definitely feel better about our justice system if she were a judge.”

  • endorsed

    “I endorse Angela Storey because she has expressed the desire for diversity amongst jurors. I agree with her opinions on what fairness in court entails. Lastly, Angela herself is a rape survivor and strongly believes that the courts do need to do more to empower and encourage victims of crimes, particularly sexual assault, to come forward and that their voices need to be heard and respected while at the same time respecting the constitutional rights of defendants.”

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    “She is smart and fair, very hard working.”

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    “Angela is an intelligent, determined and extremely balanced woman. We've been friends for 30 years and she is someone whose opinion and perspective I value. She listens to all perspectives and is able to critically think about issues at hand. She would be, without a doubt, an excellent judge.”

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