Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, March 14, 2006


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Governor Makes Three Appointments to Superior Courts


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday named James A. Boscoe to the Tuolumne Superior Court and Jose L. Alva and Ronald A. Northup to the San Joaquin Superior Court.

Boscoe, 64, of Sonoma has been a Tuolumne Superior Court commissioner since 1997. He replaces Judge William Polley, who retired.

Boscoe specialized in family and personal injury law from 1995 until becoming a commissioner. He served as deputy district attorney for Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties from 1990 to 1995.

A graduate of Santa Clara School of Law, Boscoe, a Republican, received his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

Alva, 57, has been in private practice since 1990, specializing in land use and general law. He owned and served as a consultant with Alva & Associates from 1985-1990, and was a San Joaquin County supervisor from 1979 to 1985.

Alva, who fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephen Demetras, graduated from Humphreys College of Law. A Democrat, Alva holds an undergraduate and masterís degrees from the University of the Pacific.

Northup has been a civil litigator with Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson since 1991. He fills the seat vacated by the retirement of Judge Robert Baysinger.

Northup has taught at San Joaquin Delta College and California State University, Stanislaus. He received his law degree from the University of San Diego, and earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.

He is a Republican.


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