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Wednesday, June 16, 2010


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San Bernardino Judge Keith Davis Elected to Head CJA

L.A. Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House Named One of Two Vice Presidents


By a MetNews Staff Writer


San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Keith D. Davis was elected president of the California Judges Association by the groupís Executive Board at a meeting held yesterday in Sacramento, the CJA reported.

Davis will serve a one-year term beginning Sept. 26, succeeding Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael P. Vicencia.

Davis, a judge since 1997, has served on the Executive Board since 2008 and was elected a vice president last year. He currently sits on civil assignment at the Rancho Cucamonga Courthouse, after previously having tried criminal cases in Fontana.

He has served three terms as the presiding judge of his courtís Appellate Division and has served on the courtís executive, budget, rules, and human relations committees. He is a former president of the California Judges Foundation (CJF) and is a past chair of the CJA Compensation and Benefits Oversight Committee.

He also serves as an advisory judicial member of the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and is president of the San Bernardino County Law Library Board of Trustees, as well as the Inland Empire chair of the Georgetown University Alumni Admission Program. Prior to his appointment to the bench, he was a trial lawyer and partner with Wilson Borror Dunn & Davis in San Bernardino, and before that a deputy district attorney.

He has a law degree from Golden Gate University.

CJA also said that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Thornton House and San Diego Superior Court Judge David M. Rubin will serve as vice presidents, and San Mateo Superior Court Judge Marie S. Weiner will be secretary-treasurer.

House, who is currently serving her second stint as supervising judge of the Northeast District and also served as assistant supervising judge of the civil departments, is in her first year on the CJA board.

She has served on CJAís Response to Criticism, Education & Planning, Legislative Outreach, and annual conference committees and is currently vice-chair of the B.E. Witkin Judicial College, which she is scheduled to chair in 2011-12.

She received the CJA 2008 Bernard S. Jefferson Award for Excellence in Judicial Education and was a candidate for assistant presiding judge of the Superior Court in 2004.

House was named to the Pasadena Municipal Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996 and became a Los Angeles Superior Court judge upon unification in 2000.

Rubin has been a judge since 2007, following a 20-year career as a deputy district attorney.

Weiner has been a judge since 2002, prior to which she was a partner in the Burlingame firm of Cotchett, Pitre & Simon, handling complex civil litigation. She is a former president of the San Mateo County Bar Association and a former member of the State Bar Board of Governors.


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