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Thursday, November 2, 2005


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Hearing on Chavez Nomination for C.A. Set for December 7


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A Dec. 7 confirmation hearing has been set to consider Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s nomination of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Victoria Chavez as a justice of Div. Two of this district’s Court of Appeal.

The hearing before the Commission on Judicial Appointments will take place at 4 p.m. in the courtroom of the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Los Angeles. When hearing nominations from this district, the commission consists of Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, and the senior presiding justice of the division, Joan Dempsey Klein of Div. Three.

Chavez, nominated Monday, has been a trial judge since 1988.

The Administrative Office of the Courts, which provides staff assistance to the commission, requested that persons wishing to comment on the nomination and/or to speak at the hearing submit their comments or requests in writing by Nov. 30 at 5 p.m.. Commission guidelines require that those wishing to speak include a summary of their proposed testimony with their requests.

The AOC asked that comments and requests be addressed to Commission on Judicial Appointments c/o Chief Justice of California, Supreme Court of California, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California 94102,  Attention: Ms. Gale Tunnell, Secretary to the Commission.

Chavez, 52, is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and Loyola Law School. She  entered law practice in 1979 at the firm of Pomerantz and Chavez, co-founded by her father, Victor Chavez, now a Superior Court judge.

She was appointed to the Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1988 by then-Gov. George Deukmejian and elevated to the Superior Court in 1992 by Deukmejian’s successor, Pete Wilson.

She was tapped for the appellate post from a list of applicants that included a large number of her trial court colleagues, as well as U.S. District Judge Nora Manella.


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