Earl Warren Fellowship

Earl Warren

Earl Warren, United States Chief Justice and former District Attorney of Alameda County [Source]

Alameda County District Attorney’s Office started the Earl Warren Fellowship in honor of former United States Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Earl Warren who served as District Attorney of Alameda County from 1925 to 1938. Earl Warren set the standard in shaping our office’s reputation for fairness, integrity, and professionalism, a legacy that endures to this day in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.

The Earl Warren Fellowship is open to recent college graduates who are planning on attending law school. The goal of the Fellowship is to further inspire and motivate future law students in their pursuit of a legal career.

The Fellowship is a full time paid position that entails assisting our Deputy District Attorneys with discovery compliance in our Oakland and Hayward branch offices. The chosen Fellows will also support the prosecution team in trial preparation and learn first-hand the inner workings of the District Attorney’s Office.

Mary C. Warren Fellowship

The Mary C. Warren Fellowship is a program for women who are recent college graduates interested in leadership development and the law. This aim of the Mary C. Warren Fellowship is to develop strong female leaders through a program of work experience, mentoring, and instructional seminars.

Mary was arguably the most accomplished government professional in the state of California. She both lived and served in Alameda County for more than 50 years. She led a lifetime of civic service, through which she touched countless lives, instilling positive change and progression. Mary was an eight-year veteran of the United States Navy, living life as an unassuming trailblazer for women.

During her career with the United States Post Office (USPS), she worked through the ranks, ultimately becoming one of the highest-ranking women. Through appointment by President John F. Kennedy, Mary served as Deputy Director of Personnel for the USPS. It was in this role that she co-authored the first labor contract for the USPS, as well as the first affirmative action proposal for the U.S. government. She remained with the USPS during the President Lyndon Johnson years and was appointed by President Johnson to serve on the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.

During the 1970’s and early 1980’s, she held senior staff positions in the offices of State Senator Nick Petris and U.S Senator John Tunney. Warren served as Chair of the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee and Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party.

She was the first woman chairperson of the Oakland Chamber of Commerce; then she served eight years as an elected Director with the East Bay Municipal Utility District. She spent a lot of time volunteering her time to serve on numerous committees she considered to be critical to the growth and development of Oakland, sitting on every youth and education committee she could.

Warren was still an active member of the Board of Commissioners for the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority and served on the Board for the Alameda County One Hundred Club, the Board of Summit Bank Foundation and many other civic activities. “The list of titles and accolades Mary received over her lifetime is immense, and fully warranted, but it only speaks to a mere fraction of the impact and legacy she leaves behind,” said Supervisor Haggerty.

November 16, 2011, was declared “Mary C. Warren Day” by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has honored her legacy of public service and leadership through the Mary C. Warren Fellowship; the fellowship is awarded annually to young-qualified women who are interested in pursuing careers in leadership and law.