Santa Barbara County, CA March 7, 2000 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Annette G. "Suzie" Sato

Candidate for
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Santa Barbara; Office 3

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  • Judge Pro-Tempore, Lompoc Superior Court, 12 years - present
  • Judge Pro-Tempore, Santa Maria Superior Court, 3 years - present
  • Sixteen years in private practice -- Family Law, General Civil Law, Criminal Law and Estate Planning
  • District Attorney's Office, Deputy District Attorney IV:
    - Establishment of paternity and child support.
    - Criminal prosecution of parents who failed to support their children.
    - Criminal prosecution of welfare fraud and child abduction.
    - Legislative analyst for the Family Support Division.
    - Developed the legal procedures manual for Child Support and Welfare Fraud.
    - Revised the New Case Openings Booklet.
    - Interfaced with the Judicial Council Staff to revise support related forms and legal procedures.
    - Deputy District Attorney assigned to negotiate the county's automation contract.
  • Appointed by judges to represent children in custody cases
  • Allan Hancock College -- Business Law teacher 4 years

Legal and Community Activities:

Northern Santa Barbara County Bar Association
- Vice President, currently
- Chairperson of the Fee Dispute Arbitration Program, currently
- Chairperson of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) program, currently
Parent and Child Training (P.A.C.T.) Committee
California Family Support Council.
California District Attorney's Association.
Bench and Bar Committee.
Chairperson of the Family Law Committee.
Northern Bar Judicial Evaluation and Selection Committee.
California Mock Trial, Judge and training student teams.

Guest Lecturer for Community Organizations include:
- Village Rotary Club
- Lompoc Convalescent Care Center
- Lompoc Hospital District
- Lompoc Unified School District - Career Day
- Lions Club

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