The Commission on Judicial Appointments unanimously confirmed Alison M. Tucher as an Associate Justice of the California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Four, on August 23, 2018. Before joining the court of appeal, Justice Tucher served as a judge on the Alameda County Superior Court.
Justice Tucher grew up in the Bay Area. She attended Williams College, graduating with a B.A. in economics and winning a scholarship to study at Cambridge University, where she received a B.A./M.A. in Engineering. Justice Tucher then worked briefly in Washington, D.C., before returning to the Bay Area to earn a J.D. from Stanford University in 1992.
After law school, Justice Tucher worked as a law clerk for Justice David A. Souter on the United States Supreme Court and Judge William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then spent three years trying criminal cases in Santa Clara County Superior Court as a Deputy District Attorney.
In 1998, Justice Tucher joined Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco, where she practiced law until her appointment to the bench. At the firm, Justice Tucher handled a variety of intellectual property and commercial cases in trial courts, appellate courts, and private arbitrations. She also maintained an active pro bono docket, including several post-conviction criminal cases, and taught and lectured in law schools, including a Stanford class on trade secrets.
In 2013, Governor Brown appointed Justice Tucher to the Alameda County Superior Court. There, she worked in family law and criminal court assignments, while also chairing her court’s committees on judicial education and juror participation. Justice Tucher served, and continues serving, on the boards of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and the Alameda County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation.
Justice Tucher and her husband have two teenaged children.