Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Thursday, April 7, 2005


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Schwarzenegger Names Four to Two Superior Courts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named three judges to the San Diego Superior Court and one to the San Joaquin Superior Court.

Commissioner Lorna A. Alksne, medical malpractice lawyer David G. Brown, and legal malpractice defense attorney Earl H. Mass III were appointed to the San Diego Superior Court. Commissioner Barbara A. Kronlund received the nod in San Joaquin County.

Alksne, 40, has served as commissioner of the San Diego Superior Court since 2001, presiding over family law cases. Previously she served as a special assistant to the district attorney in San Diego County.

Prior to that, she worked as an attorney with a local firm. Alksne’s law degree is from UC San Diego and her undergraduate degree from Mills College in Oakland. She is unaffiliated with a political party.

Brown, 54, has more than 25 years of medical malpractice law experience. He has served as an attorney and partner with Neil, Dymott, Brown, Frank and Harrison for more than 20 years and was a Marine Corps officer for seven years.

He holds a law degree from UCLA, a master of science degree USC and a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College. Brown is a Democrat.

Maas, 43, has more than 15 years’ experience as a trial lawyer. He was an attorney with Maas, Miyamoto and Bernstein from 2001 until January of this year, having previously practiced at Chapin, Shea, McNitt and Carter.†He is currently a partner in Thompson, Alessio and Maas.

Maas earned his law degree from UC San Diego and his undergraduate degree from San Diego State University. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and is a Republican.

Kronlund has served as a commissioner of the Stockton-based court for 10 years, handling both criminal and civil cases. Previously, she served as deputy district attorney for San Joaquin County from 1990 to 1995 and legal intern and deputy district attorney for Sacramento County from 1987 to 1990.

In both positions she handled primarily child abuse and sexual assault cases.

Kronlund graduated from McGeorge School of Law and before that from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the California Judges Association, where she has chaired the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee for the past three years.

Kronlund is a Republican.


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