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Tuesday, August 1, 2006


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Schwarzenegger to Name James Rogan to Orange County Bench


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said yesterday he intends to appoint former Republican Congressman James Rogan to a judgeship in the Orange Superior Court on Oct. 1.

Rogan, 48, told the MetNews that he thinks he’s  “more thrilled” about being appointed to the bench than he was when he was elected to Congress. He said that he “loved” being on the bench— he was a municipal court judge in Glendale from 1990 to 1994—and “didn’t really want to give it up the first time,” but was talked into running in a special election for the State Assembly after then-Assemblyman Pat Nolan unexpectedly pled guilty to corruption charges.

He defeated Democrat Adam Schiff in the special election.

Rogan said he applied about a year and a half ago, was interviewed by the governor’s office a couple of weeks ago, and was told last Friday that he will be appointed.

Represented Glendale

Representing Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena and neighboring areas in Congress from 1996 to 2000, Rogan was one of the House managers in the impeachment trial of former President Bill Clinton, but lost a heavily contested race in 2000 to Schiff.

After dropping out of high school, Rogan went on to graduate from UC Berkeley in 1979, and UCLA Law School in 1983. He specialized in prosecuting gang murders as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney from 1985 to 1990 when he was appointed by then-Gov George Deukmejian as California’s youngest judge, at age 33.

He served in the State Assembly from 1994 to 1996.

He also served as undersecretary of commerce and director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from 2001 to 2004.

Rogan, who is currently of-counsel to Preston Gates Ellis in its Irvine office, will replace retiring Judge Suzanne Shaw, Schwarzenegger said in a statement.

Others Named

Schwarzenegger also named San Diego attorney Carolyn M. Caietti and Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura H. Parsky to judgeships in the San Diego Superior Court, tapped Santa Barbara County Senior Deputy District Attorney Edward Bullard for a judgeship in the Santa Barbara Superior Court, and said he intends to name Assistant U.S. Attorney Lewis Davis to the Contra Costa Superior Court.

Caietti, 44, who earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of San Diego, was an associate and then partner in Shifflet, Walters, Kane & Konoske from 1986 to 1988 when she became a  partner in Walters & Caietti. She will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Ryan.

Parsky, 37, graduated from Yale University and Boalt Hall School of Law.  She served as counsel to the assistant U.S. attorney general in the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 2002 to 2003, and was the director of international justice and contingency planning with the National Security Council from 2003 to 2004.  Parsky will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Terry Scott.

Bullard, 52, who earned his law degree from the Santa Barbara College of Law and his associate’s degree from Pasadena City College, was a California Highway Patrol officer from 1977 to 1988 and a deputy public defender in the Ventura County Public Defender’s Office from 1988 to 1989, when he joined the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office.  He will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Zel Canter.

Davis, 57, was executive director of the California Juvenile Court Law Revision Commission from 1983 to 1984 and a deputy district attorney in Alameda County from 1984 to 1990, when he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Oakland.  He graduated from Clark University and McGeorge School of Law and will fill a vacancy created by the announced retirement of Judge William O’Malley on Aug. 7, 2006.

Caietti, Bullard and Davis are Republicans.  Parsky is unaffiliated.

Prior to today’s announcements, the only time the governor had announced his intent to appointment someone to the bench prior to the creation of a vacancy was when he announced in June his intent to re-appoint Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janovs, who was defeated for re-election by Lynn D. Olson.


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