Eugene M. Hyman (born May 14, 1950)[1] is a judge for the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, where he has served for almost 20 years.[2][3] He works in (and helped create) the field of "Therapeutic Jurisprudence," a philosophy and system that advocates treatment for particular categories of offenders, such as domestic violence, which is his specialty.[2][4] Judge Hyman routinely presides over cases in the criminal, family, probate, civil, and delinquency divisions of the court. He is an opponent of the Three strikes law[5] and considered an "international expert on preventing juvenile, family, and domestic violence".[4] Hyman was elected and took his oath of office on January 8, 1997.[1] "Judge Hyman is the first American to receive the United Nations Public Service Award."[6]

Hyman presided over the first family/juvenile violence court in the United States to focus exclusively on teenage victims and perpetrators.[7]

Judicial careerEdit

Hyman has appeared on many television[8][9] and radio shows.[10][11] He routinely speaks to governmental, judicial, and other audiences about domestic violence in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and other countries.[12] While in Canberra, Australia during May 2008, Hyman gave a PowerPoint presentation at Australia's Victim Support Act conference. He has published numerous articles on domestic violence.[13] One of his specialties is in the area of domestic violence cases that also include substance abuse and/or mental health. He also specializes in offenses involving sexual abuse, stalking, strangulation, and other unique circumstances that may co-occur with domestic violence.[14] Hyman is a proponent of Australia's Three Strikes law.[15]

Legal conferences participationEdit

In 2003, Hyman was a panelist on domestic violence the 30th annual Western Society of Criminology in Vancouver, Canada.[16]

During May 2010, Hyman was on the "Developing Therapeutic Judging Panel" representing problem-focused domestic violence courts in East Melbourne, Victoria.[17]

Academic relationshipEdit

Hyman is also a lecturer at the Santa Clara University School of Law, where he has taught a Domestic Violence Law Seminar. He has over 20 years of experience as a law instructor.[14]


On June 23, 2008, Hyman, along with the the Santa Clara County Superior Court was honored with the United Nations Public Service Award.[3][18] On the same day in the United States House of Representatives, Zoe Lofgren recognized Hyman for the United Nations award.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Eugene Michael Hyman Profile". December, 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Santa Clara Law: Hon. Eugene Hyman and Santa Clara County Superior Court Honored for Public Service by the United Nations". Santa Clara University School of Law. June 18, 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "01 Judge Eugene Hyman on Holistic Family Courts - Part l". Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  5. "Eugene Hyman: Locking up crims and throwing away the key no answer - National - NZ Herald News". The New Zealand Herald. June 14, 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Congressional Record - Extensions of Remarks". United States House of Representatives. United States Government Printing Office. June 23, 2008. p. 2. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  7. Leung, Rebecca (July 30, 2003). "A Mother's Story - 60 Minutes - CBS News". 60 Minutes. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  12. "ACT Victim Services". Victim Support Act. May 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  14. 14.0 14.1
  15. "US Judge Endorses Three Strikes". ACT New Zealand. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  16. "Western Society of Criminology 30th Annual Conference". Western Society of Criminology. February 2003. p. 8. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  18. "2008 UNPSA". United Nations. 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 

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