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Santa Clara County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Teresa Guerrero-Daley

Candidate for
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 18

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Teresa Guerrero-Daley Candidate, Superior Court Judge, Seat 18

Professional Experience

Teresa Guerrero-Daley has dedicated 25 years to the ethical and effective administration of justice. "As San Jose's Independent Police Auditor, she is known as a fair, honest, and impartial leader," former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer. She has earned international recognition for developing policing guidelines that improve effectiveness and safety in law enforcement. The San Jose Police Department credits Guerrero-Daley for systemic changes that have improved the delivery of police services to the public. Her recommendations have addressed such areas as greater accountability involving police shootings, higher professional conduct and integrity standards, and ongoing training in communication skills and courtesy to the public.

As a trial attorney, she tried complex cases and was co-counsel in a death penalty jury trial. She serves as Judge Pro-Tem in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. "Daley has the integrity, legal experience, character, and leadership skills necessary to ensure the rights of the community" says Judge Rene Navarro. Teresa Guerrero-Daley was the first female Special Agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration assigned to San Jose. As a Special Agent, she worked on numerous undercover operations which involved the enforcement of local, state and federal laws as they related to the illegal sale, possession, transportation, importation or manufacturing of dangerous drugs or narcotics.

Guerrero-Daley has a proven record of dedication to serving the people of Santa Clara County. She has won many awards for her commitment to public service, including "Woman of Achievement," "Portraits of Success," and "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" awarded by the National Center for Women & Policing.

Because of her diverse experience and excellent reputation, she is endorsed by numerous Superior Court judges, Chief William Lansdowne, Sheriff Laurie Smith, police officers of all ranks, Congress Members Zoe Lofgren and Mike Honda, Mayor Ron Gonzales, former San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, Supervisor Blanca Alvarado, and many other elected officials. Guerrero-Daley won the endorsement of her peers and members of the Santa Clara County Bar Association. In addition, she is endorsed by the following organizations: Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers, National Latino Peace Officers Association, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA) and Milpitas Police Officer's Association.

Personal Background

Teresa Guerrero-Daley has been a resident of Santa Clara County for 26 years. She is married to a retired police officer and has four sons. She understands the value of hard work and the rewards of perseverance. She worked full time while going to law school and still found time to volunteer as Assistant Articles Editor for the Law Review and as Student Bar President at Lincoln Law School. After becoming a successful attorney, she joined the faculty at Lincoln and now serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Lincoln Law School. Teresa has also operated her own law practice and understands the challenges small businesses face.


  • Founding member, Silicon Valley Hispanic Foundation
  • Past President, Arts Council Silicon Valley Board of Trustees
  • Board of Directors, Child Care Coordinated Council
  • Member, San Jose Downtown Rotary
  • Board Member YWCA of Santa Clara County
  • Advisory Board Member to the Publisher of the Mercury News
  • 04' class, American Leadership Forum of Silicon Valley
  • Mentor, Role Model Program
  • Exec. Board, La Raza Round Table
  • Member, Silicon Valley Latina Coalition
  • Graduate, HOPE Leadership Institute

  • Judge Pro Tem for the Santa Clara County Superior Court
  • Arbitrator, consumer vs. auto manufacturer cases.
  • Certified Mediator, Conflict Resolution
  • Professor, Lincoln Law School
  • Lectured to local, state, and federal law enforcement officers in Mexico City at the first global seminar on external mechanisms to combat police corruption under the direction of the Mexican Attorney General.

  • Appointed by the Board of Governors to the Disciplinary Audit Panel of the State Bar of California
  • Co-founder and past President, San Mateo County La Raza Lawyers Assoc.
  • President, Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyers Association
  • Chair, Lincoln Law School Board of Trustees
  • Board of Directors, National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement
  • Bar Grader, California Committee of Bar Examiners
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association Board of Trustees and various SCCBA Committees
  • Member, California Women Lawyers
  • Member, Bay Area Compliance & Ethics Association


  • In 1997, she was awarded a Woman of Achievement Award by the Women's Fund in the area of Public Service.
  • In 1998, she received an Exemplary Leadership Award and a Portrait of Success Award.
  • In 2001, she received a "Breaking the Glass Ceiling" Award from the National Center for Women & Policing.
  • The Office of the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) was featured in a segment by CNN.
  • Many cities across the country enlisted the expertise of Guerrero-Daley in establishing IPA offices. These cities include, Austin, Texas, Boise, Idaho, Tucson, Arizona, Sacramento, Fresno, and Riverside California, Key West, Florida, Omaha, Nebraska, Denver, Colorado and most recent the Mexican Federal Dept. of Justice, Law Enforcement Division

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