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Dennis Hayashi

Judge of the Superior Court of
California, Alameda County (Ret.)



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Judge Dennis Hayashi has devoted his entire life to public service. He joined the Superior Court of California, Alameda County, in 2009, elected by an overwhelming majority of voters.

Judge Hayashi has served as an integral member of the Court’s leadership, contributing his knowledge and experience of the law and government to elevate the judiciary. Throughout his career, Judge Hayashi has worked to ensure fairness and equal protection.


As one of the country's most accomplished civil rights attorneys, Judge Hayashi has appeared on national news organizations as a thought leader on domestic policy and the justice system, including Oprah, CBS 60 Minutes , and Good Morning America.

In addition, Judge Hayashi has published articles in the Yale Law School Journal of International Law and the Kennedy School of Government’s Asian American Policy Review and the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and other news publications.

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Judge Dennis Hayashi has received honors from legal and civil rights organizations for his dedication to judicial excellence and civil rights advocacy.

Judge Hayashi has been honored with the Occidental College Alumnus of the Year and the Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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