Candidate Orange County Superior Court Judge
Sheila Hanson is a prosecutor with more than 16 years of experience in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. She is currently a Senior Deputy District Attorney, supervising the Felony Filing Unit. Hanson has significant trial experience, handling 80 jury trials, many of them involving rapists, child molesters, sexual predators and criminal street gang members.
A strong believer in public service and community involvement, Hanson serves as a Board member for the Association of Orange County Deputy District Attorneys. In addition, she has served on the Board of Directors of Winifred Campbell Professional Auxiliary of Assistance League of Tustin and Laurel House youth shelter and is active in her church and children’s schools.
On May 25, 2006, the Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) awarded Hanson its highest rating, 'Highly Qualified', for the position of Superior Court Judge. Garnering key endorsements from police officers, judges, government leaders and victims’ rights advocates, Hanson has a real opportunity to win the November 7th judicial election. If successful, she will become only the second American of Iranian descent to be elected to the Superior Court of California.
Hanson’s father left Iran at age sixteen. He later became an American citizen and ran a successful small business in Orange County where Hanson was raised. In the early 1970’s Hanson spent time with her grandfather in Tehran and Isfahan. She currently resides in North Tustin with her husband and two children.
Occupation: Deputy District Director
Residence: North Tustin, CA
Education: BS Western State University; JD Western State University College of Law, 1998
Legal Experience: 17 years Orange County Deputy District Attorney
Key Endorsements: Santa Ana Police Chief Paul Walters; Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs; California Coalition of Law Enforcement Associations; Supported by Over 50 Superior Court Judges