Judge Glenda Sanders received her B.A. with distinctions in majors from the University of Natal, South Africa in 1976, her LL.B. cum laude from the University of Natal in 1979, and her LL.M. from Clare College, Cambridge University, England in 1981. During law school, she won the Abel Tort Award (First in Law Class) and the Ellie Newman Moot Court Award. After graduation, she taught corporate law and torts as an assistant professor at the University of Cape Town. Thereafter, she worked as a barrister in Durban, South Africa until 1986 when she joined Latham and Watkins, where she became partner in 1993 and remained until 2000. Her work in private practice focused on securities and intellectual property disputes. She was also a member of the Trial Court Presiding Judge’s Advisory Committee, Liaison to the Commission on Judicial Performance, and Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee of the Judicial Council, a member of the Large Complex Commercial Panel at the American Arbitration Association, was an adjunct professor teaching federal courts, civil procedure, and appellate advocacy at Chapman University School of Law, and was a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference. She was appointed to the bench in 2002 by Governor Gray Davis.
2016–2017 Orange County Mock Trial of the Year – Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County
2015 Access to Justice Award – Legal Aid Society of Orange County
2014 of the Year – Orange County Women Lawyers Association
2013 of the Year – Orange County Chapter, American Board of Trial Advocates
2013 of the Year – Orange County Trial Lawyers Association
2010 of the Year – Business Litigation Section, Orange County Bar Association