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Friday, January 26, 2007

 

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Needham Confirmed to First District Court of Appeal

 

By a MetNews Staff Writer

 

Henry E. Needham Jr., previously an Alameda Superior Court judge, was confirmed and sworn in yesterday as a justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Div. Five.

Needham was unanimously confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments as the successor to Justice Lawrence T. Stevens, who retired last February. The commission, when considering First District appointments, consists of Chief Justice Ronald M. George, Attorney General Jerry Brown, and the senior presiding justice of the First District, J. Anthony Kline of Div. Two.

The 63-year-old Oakland resident had served as a judge of the Alameda Superior Court since 1996, most recently as assistant presiding judge of the court and supervising judge of the Hayward branch. His earlier assignments included civil and criminal trial dockets, civil law and motion, and the toxic tort asbestos litigation department.

He also served on the courts Executive Committee, Technology Committee, and Civil Committee and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Alameda County Bernard E. Witkin Law Library.

He previously was an attorney and later partner in the law firm Anderson, Galloway & Lucchese in Walnut Creek from 1988 to 1996, litigating medical malpractice cases, after having been a deputy district attorney in Alameda County.

Needham is a graduate of San Francisco School of Law and Fisk University. Prior to practicing law, he worked in the insurance industry.

 

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