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The Hon. Barbara Kronlund, ’89, has served on the bench for nearly 20 years.

The Hon. Barbara Kronlund, ’89, is a distinguished figure in the legal community, recognized for her significant contributions and achievements. Graduating with distinction from McGeorge School of Law in 1989 and earning a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology cum laude from Pepperdine University, her academic prowess laid the foundation for her remarkable career. 

Judge Kronlund made history as the first South Asian American female judge in California on both the state and federal benches, and was appointed to the Superior Court of San Joaquin County by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in April 2005. 

Throughout her tenure, Judge Kronlund has served in various capacities, including presiding over the Juvenile Court and assuming roles as a supervising civil judge and court commissioner. Before her appointment to the bench, she held positions as a deputy district attorney in Sacramento and San Joaquin Counties, specializing in cases involving child abuse and sexual assault. 

Judge Kronlund’s commitment to judicial education and cultural awareness has earned her recognition, including awards such as the Judicial Council’s Kleps Award and the American Board of Trial Advocate’s “Judge of the Year” and was named as the first recipient of the Excellence in Civic Engagement Award from the California Judges Association and California Lawyers Association.  

In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Kronlund has been active in community service and outreach. Notable initiatives include the establishment of the Women Lawyers Section of the County Bar Association, as well as programs aimed at assisting homeless individuals and veterans in San Joaquin County. 

As a member of various judicial committees and boards, including the California Judges Association, Judge Kronlund has played a significant role in shaping judicial ethics and education. Her contributions have been acknowledged with awards such as the Civility Award from Cal-ABOTA and the Community Service Award from the Unity Bar of Sacramento.

Throughout 2024, the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law will celebrate members of its vast alumni network in honor of the school’s 100-year anniversary. This post is part of a series highlighting 100 exceptional McGeorge School of Law alumni.  

Stay tuned for more blog posts as we celebrate the law school’s centennial anniversary.