Thursday, January 31, 2008
Commission on Judicial Appointments Sets April 4 Hearing for Jenkins
By a MetNews Staff Writer
An April 4 confirmation hearing has been scheduled for Martin J. Jenkins, who was nominated Friday to Div. Three of the First District Court of Appeal.
A three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments will hear testimony on the nomination in the Supreme Court courtroom at the Earl Warren Building, 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco at 2 p.m. For First District appointments, the commission consists of Chief Justice Ronald George, Attorney General Jerry Brown, and the district’s senior presiding justice, J. Anthony Kline of Div. Two.
The commission is soliciting testimony on the nomination. The deadline for written comments and requests to testify in person is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Requests to speak must include a summary of the facts on which any testimony or opinion will be based, under the commission’s guidelines.
The commission requests that correspondence be addressed to the chief justice at the Supreme Court, 350 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102, Attention: Ms. AhMoi Kim, Secretary to the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
Jenkins, a U.S. district judge of the Northern District of California, was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Joanne C. Parrilli. He previously served on the superior and municipal courts in Alameda County.
Prior to becoming a judge, he served as a trial attorney for Pacific Bell, a civil rights trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, and a deputy district attorney in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office.
He was appointed to the Oakland-Piedmont-Emeryville Municipal Court in 1989, and to the Alameda Superior Court in 1992. He became a U.S. district judge in 1997 after he was nominated to the post by President Clinton.
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