Thomas Jefferson School of Law alumna and San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has officially announced her plans to run for Mayor of San Diego in 2012. Dumanis, who began her career at the D.A.’s office as a junior typist while gracing the halls of TJSL (then WSU) as a law student, is currently in her third term as San Diego’s D.A.
Dumanis graduated from TJSL in 1976 and quickly began a robust career in public service in San Diego. She served as a Deputy District Attorney for 12 years. Four years after her appointment as a Superior Court Referee, she was elected to the Municipal Court bench, where she helped create one of the first drug courts in San Diego. In 1998, she was elected a Judge of the San Diego Superior Court, where she helped implement a program called Domestic Violence Court to keep perpetrators from repeating their offense. In 2003, Dumanis was elected San Diego District Attorney, becoming the first woman in San Diego history to hold this office.
“Bonnie Dumanis is a strong alumni role model for our law students who wish to apply their legal education to a career in public service,” according to TJSL’s Assistant Dean for Administration, Lori Wulfemeyer. “Her many accomplishments are impressive.”