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Trena Burger for Superior Court Judge
For the Victims of Crime
Trena Burger offers more than 20 years experience in Sacramento County as a tough, hard working and effective civil attorney, Judge Pro Tem and criminal prosecutor.
Trena's solid legal experience combined with her knowledge of civil and criminal law and her deep commitment to justice make her the choice of respected judges, law enforcement officials, businesspeople, ethnic leaders, unions, educators, elected officials and professionals.
Challenged by more numerous and complex crimes and civil disputes, Sacramento County needs judges with the diversity of experience and dedication to meet these challenges and make our community safer and more livable. Trena is the only candidate for the position who has the necessary experience and outstanding work ethic to serve the people of this community. According to outgoing Judge Cecily Bond, "Trena is exceptionally well-qualified to serve---with the experience, reputation and temperament to be a great judge."
Trena began her legal career in the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, where she prosecuted misdemeanor and felony criminal cases, including repeat sex offenders and child abusers. She later became the founder and managing shareholder of one of Sacramento's leading law firms. Trena successfully represented clients from a variety of personal and business backgrounds, including farmers, agricultural cooperatives, small and large business owners, large corporations, and public agencies in a variety of multi-million dollar cases.
Trena studied English and economics at Queens College, graduating summa cum laude. She then attended law school at the University of California at Davis, where she was managing editor of the Law Review. She frequently speaks on a variety of legal issues as a moderator, panelist and guest speaker for the Continuing Education of the Bar and other professional legal organizations.
Trena is an active community volunteer in Sacramento County, where she often serves as a Judge Pro Tem in local courts. Trena also serves on the board of the UC Davis Dean's Advisory Council, the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Sacramento, Inc, is a former board member of Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE) and is a current member of Sacramentans Against A Violent Environment (SAVE).
Trena is married to respected Sacramento attorney Frank Plavan, who is a former supervisor of the Fraud Division for the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office, a California Department of Justice instructor on "Crimes Against the Elderly," and retired Colonel in the United States Air Force.
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