Santa Clara University


The Honorable Judge Risë Jones Pichon


Judge Risë Jones Pichon has been a Superior Court Judge of the County of Santa Clara, State of California since 1998. She previously served as a Judge on the Municipal Court from 1984 to 1998 and also as a Court Commissioner from 1983 to 1984. She received a Juris Doctor Degree from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1976 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics in 1973 from Santa Clara University after having transferred from Xavier University in New Orleans in 1971.

Judge Pichon is a member of the following organizations: The California Judges Association, The Links Incorporated, San Jose Chapter. The American Bar Association, The American Leadership Forum. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas More Society and is the Vice-President, and the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Advisory Board.

Judge Pichon served on the California Commission on Judicial Performance from 1999 to 2007 and was Chairperson from 2002-2004, the Judicial Council of California from 1994-1997and the Archbishop Mitty High School Board of Regents from 2000 to 2006. In 2008, Judge Pichon served on the ABA Accreditation Self Study Committee for the Santa Clara University School of Law. Judge Pichon has taught in the California Judicial College, the National Judicial College, and has served as a panelist and as a speaker on numerous occasions on a variety of topics related to the judiciary and the administration of justice. She served as Supervising Judge of the Palo Alto Court Facility from 2006 to 2009, and currently serves on the Santa Clara County Superior Court 2008-2009 Executive Committee. She has a husband of 35 years, Ulysses and one adult daughter.