Anthony J. Brandenburg ’75

Anthony J. Brandenburg currently serves as Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California. He has more than eighteen years of service on the bench in both municipal and superior courts. He served in the United States Marine Corps and received an Associate’s Degree from Palomar College in 1965. Judge Brandenburg earned his BS in Education from Eastern in 1975, and went on to earn his MA in Education from the University of Connecticut and his JD from Thomas Jefferson University.

Judge Brandenburg has worked as an attorney in private practice, specializing in criminal law, business contract law, and labor, family and juvenile law. He was appointed to the California Municipal Court in San Diego where he conducted numerous settlement conferences and established a mediation hotline program for settling civil disputes. He was later elevated to the Superior Court as a Commissioner. In 2004, having retired from the Superior Court, he was appointed as Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California where he currently presides. In this capacity, he brings more than 25 years of experience in the field of Native American law to resolve disputes involving contracts, employment, environment, evictions/exclusions, gaming, intertribal affairs, land use, personal injury and various other tribal issues. He is also an educator and faculty member at the National Judicial College in Indian Law. He created and taught a program in which he has trained over 700 Pro Tem judges, and he has testified before the U.S. Senate Sub Committee on Indian Affairs.
Judge Brandenburg is a member of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the California Judges Association, and the California Bar Association. He is a past president of the San Diego County Judges Association and of the California Court Commissioners Association.

As has been the case with many Eastern students, Judge Brandenburg was the first of his family to attend college, and was a non-traditional student balancing the challenges of work and family. His career is a testament to the power of hard work and dedication, and how access to opportunity can dramatically change hundreds of lives. In 2010 he received Eastern’s prestigious Distinguished Alumnus Award and in 2011 he received an honorary degree at the 121st Commencement Exercises.