Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, May 17, 2005


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Schwarzenegger Names Three to Superior Court Judgeships


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, and a civil practitioner to fill three judicial vacancies in two counties.

Named to the Riverside Superior Court were Judith C. Clark and Harold W. Hopp. John P. Kennelly was named to the Sierra Superior Court.

Clark, 41, has been a deputy district attorney in Riverside County since 1989 and currently serves as a supervising deputy. She has specialized in prosecuting sexual assault, child abuse, and career criminal cases.

Clark has supervised the Hemet and Banning branch offices and helped establish the Adult Sexual Assault Unit. She currently supervises the Training, Writs and Appeals, and Asset Forfeiture divisions.

Clark is a graduate of Metropolitan State College in Denver and the University of San Diego School of Law. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald R. Heumann.

Hopp, 45, has practiced law in Riverside County for 17 years, most recently as of counsel to Quinn, Emanuel, Urquhart, Oliver & Hedges, where he has practiced civil litigation since 1990. His experience also includes time as an associate with Best, Best & Krieger and with the firm of Paul Hastings, Janofsky and Walker.

Hopp is a graduate of Pacific Union College and holds a law degree from USC. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert Taylor.

Kennelly, 51, has been an attorney in private practice since 1985 and has handled primarily criminal defense and family law cases. From 1986 to 1990 he also served as an attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

He has taught at Pacific Coast College and at Rancho Santiago College. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Western State University School of Law and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William A. Skillman.

Hopp and Clark are Republicans. Kennelly is a Democrat.


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