Barbara Richardson served as a full-time District Court judge for the First Circuit from 2000 until her retirement in 2016. Her last seven years on the District Court bench were as its Deputy Chief Judge. She served as a per diem judge for fourteen years before assuming her full time position. Judge Richardson has also worked in private practice in Honolulu and San Francisco and for the County of Hawaii’s Office of the Corporation Counsel. Judge Richardson has been a member of and has chaired several Judiciary committees. In 2012 she was named Jurist of the Year. She is currently a board member of the Friends of the William S. Richardson School of law, the American Judicature Society and the Friends of the Lyon Arboretum. She is also assisting the Judiciary in the development of its civil module of the Judiciary Information Management System (JIMS). Judge Richardson received her J. D. from Hastings College of the Law and her B.A. from Stanford University.