Justice Mihara has served as an Associate Justice with the California Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District since 1993, hearing appeals and writ petitions in all areas of state law. He began his legal career in a private civil practice and later served as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. He was appointed to the Santa Clara County Municipal Court in 1985 and later elevated to Santa Clara County Superior Court in 1988 where he presided over criminal and civil trials, law and motion, and family law, juvenile, and probate cases.
He has served on the Judicial Council of California’s Task Force on Appellate Court Process, the Appellate Court Advisory Committee, the Legislative Sub-Committee, and the Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee.
He is a member and past president of California Asian-Pacific American Judges Association, California Judges Association, Santa Clara County Bar Association’s Minority Access Committee, Appellate Courts Committee, and Law Related Education Committee. He is the current president of the Sentencing Alternatives Program of San Jose.
Justice Mihara is a frequent lecturer for many judicial education programs, bar association seminars, and law schools (Hastings College of the Law, UC Davis – King Hall Law School, UC Berkeley Law, Stanford Law School and University of Santa Clara Law School). He has also taught on issues of access and fairness in the legal profession and ethics in judicial administration. He was an adjunct lecturer for the Appellate Advocacy class at Santa Clara University Law School in the fall of 2017.
J.D. – Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA
B.A. – University of Washington, Seattle, WA