On November 7, 2006, Dolores Carr was elected as the first woman to serve as District Attorney in Santa Clara County's history. Her last day of Office was January 2, 2010. Ms. Carr served one term as Santa Clara County's District Attorney.
Over the past twenty-nine years, Dolores Carr has worked in private practice, was a Deputy District Attorney for 15 years, and was a Superior Court Judge from 2000 to 2006. She served as the Supervising Judge of the Family Division, and most recently was the Supervising Judge of the Unified Family Court.
She was appointed to the Board of Reappraisers for the California State Bar in 1991 and until 2004 was one of nine attorneys in the state responsible for developing questions for and supervising the grading of the California Bar Exam.
In 2009, Ms. Carr was named a Woman of Influence by the San Jose Business Journal. In 2008, she was commended by Crime Victims United of California for her commitment to public safety. Ms. Carr was recognized by the California Women's Leadership Association for Exemplary Government Achievement, as well as by the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association for her involvement in gang prevention in 2007.
In 2005, Ms. Carr was honored by the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley's Legal Advocates for Children and Youth Award for her passion and commitment to improving the lives of children in the community. In 2004, she was honored by the Santa Clara County Bar Association Women Lawyers for outstanding service and achievements in law and community affairs, received the Henry B. Collada Memorial Award in 2003 for extraordinary service and contribution to Santa Clara County Family Court.
In addition to a strong legal career, she has served her community as a parent volunteer, through helping high school students in mock trial programs and speech tournaments, and in a variety of programs designed to assist victims of domestic violence.
Mrs. Carr received an undergraduate degree in Spanish with honors from the University of California at Berkeley in 1975, and in 1980 earned her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She was admitted to the California Bar in 1980.