Biography

Judge Victoria Kolakowski became the first openly transgender trial court judge of general jurisdiction when she was elected in Alameda County, California in 2010. She is passionate about ensuring access to justice and is the California Council of Churches' appointee to the California Access to Justice Commission. She is a former president of the International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges (2015-2017), and she has spoken widely internationally on LGBT issues, especially transgender legal issues.

Education
Pacific School of Religion, M.Div., 1997
University of New Orleans, M.S. in Electrical Engineering, 1990
Louisiana State University, J.D., 1989
Louisiana State University, M.P.A., 1989
Tulane University, M.S. in Biomedical Engineering, 1987
New College of Florida, B.A. in Natural Sciences, 1982
Awards & Distinctions

State of California, 18th Assembly District Woman of the Year, 2019

Alameda County Bar Association's Distinguished Service by a Judge Award, 2015

California Women Lawyers Pioneer in the Law, 2014

Pacific School of Religion Distinguished Alumna, 2013

Equality California's Equality and Justice Award, 2011