Judith Volkart

MPA Lecturer

Judith Volkart
Available By Appointment Only

J.D., Hastings College of Law
B.A., with Distinction in Economics, Sonoma State University


Law & Public Policy; Civil Litigation & Regulation; Civil Rights; Constitutional Law


A licensed lawyer, Judith is an SSU Distinguished Alumna who has returned to campus after a full career to teach part-time. An experienced corporate litigator, Judith’s practice focused on complex fraud, RICO, personnel, and regulatory issues nationwide from early settlement through appeal. A life-long ACLU member, Judith served as the Sonoma County chair for many years, chaired its Police Practices Committee, testified at U.S. Civil Rights Commission hearings, served on the Northern California ACLU Board, its Legal Committee, and is the recipient of ACLU’s Lola Hanzel Courageous Advocacy Award. While studying law, Judith externed on the criminal panel at the California Supreme Court writing weekly memos to the Justices recommending which appeals deserved to be granted. Back on campus, Judith has served as a founding advisory board member of the Center for Law, Ethics and Society. She also teaches in the CCJS Department, and has taught business law and ethics courses at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Judith’s passion is supporting our students to achieve their professional, educational, and community-focused goals.

Courses Taught
POLS 421
POLS 422
POLS 423
POLS 511
POLS 538