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Friday, January 20, 2006


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Bay Area Jurist Nominated to First District C.A


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday nominated Alameda Superior Court Judge James Richman to the First District Court of Appeal.

If confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, Richman would succeed Justice Ignacio Ruvolo in Div. Two. Ruvolo was recently elevated to presiding justice of Div. Four.

Richman, 64, has served as a judge in the Alameda Superior Court since 1996. He was previously an attorney practicing civil litigation for the law firm Cooley, Godward from 1967 to 1996.

  Richman was a distinguished visiting professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law from 1999 to 2000 and an adjunct professor from 1972 to 1996. He was also an assistant professor of law at Gonzaga University School of Law from 1966 to 1967 and a law clerk for then-Presiding Justice Raymond Sullivan of the Court of Appeal from 1965 to 1966.

  Sullivan later served as a California Supreme Court justice.

Richman earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of San Francisco. He is a Republican.

The governor yesterday also named St. Helena City Attorney Diane M. Price to the Napa Superior Court, Santa Clara County Chief Deputy District Attorney Kurt E. Kumli to the Santa Clara Superior Court, and San Bernardino County Deputy Public Defender Teresa M. Snodgrass-Bennett to the San Bernardino Superior Court. All three are Democrats.


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