Fairfield, California – On April 30, 2018, Judge Cynda Riggins Unger will retire and hang up her robe after more than seventeen years on the Solano Bench. Judge Unger was popularly elected in 2000, becoming the second woman to hold a superior court judgeship in Solano County.
Judge John B. Ellis, current Presiding Judge, said, “The Court is in good hands with Judges Stashyn and Bowers as we face continuing legal, fiscal, and technological change.”
he attended U.C. Santa Barbara and U.C. Davis for her undergraduate degree. She attended law school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, graduating with honors.
Judge Unger began practicing law at the then Vacaville law firm of Dobbins, Weir, Thompson, and Stephenson. In 1991, Judge Unger was certified as a Family Law Specialist by the State Bar. Judge Unger served four years as a Deputy District Attorney in the Family Law Support Division prior to being elected as a judge. Judge Unger has spent most of her career in a family law department, including a term as Supervising Family Law Judge.
Judge Robert S. Bowers earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Long Island University, Southampton in 1980 and his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center in 1987. After law school he joined the US Army as an active duty JAGC officer initially defending soldiers in Courts Martials overseas.
Upon returning stateside after Operation Desert Storm, he served as a prosecutor at Fort Ord, CA. Leaving active duty and moving to Solano County in 1994 to practice law, he joined the District Attorney’s office in 1998, and in 2003 was appointed to the bench by Governor Gray Davis. Judge Bowers has served in Juvenile, Civil and Criminal Court. She has also heard probate, conservatorships, juvenile dependency, juvenile delinquency, drug court and misdemeanors.
In 2006, she was selected Judicial Officer of the Year by the Family Law section of the State Bar. Judge Unger may be the only judge in the world to have a rock band named after her. After seeing her campaign signs, the heavy metal group adopted the name “Judge Unger,” which they used as their band name for thirteen years.