Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Wednesday, August 4, 2010


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Governor Names Judges in Three Counties, Including Riverside


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday appointed six judges to the Riverside, Santa Cruz and Tehama superior courts.

The governor named Riverside Senior Deputy District Attorney Victoria E. Cameron, former Riverside Senior Deputy District Attorney John M. Davis and Riverside Deputy Public Defender Elaine M. K. Johnson to the court in Riverside.

He also tapped Santa Cruz attorney John M. Gallagher for the Santa Cruz Superior Court, and Red Bluff attorney C.T. Bottke and Tehama County Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Skillman for the Tehama Superior Court.

Cameron, 61, has served as a senior deputy district attorney since 2006. She held the same post at the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2006 and was an attorney for Criste, Pippin & Golds from 1997 to 1998. A Republican, she graduated from California Western School of Law and joined the State Bar in 1998.

Davis, 62, was senior deputy district attorney in Riverside from 1985 to 2009. A Republican, he graduated from UCLA and Southwestern Law School before admission to the State Bar in 1984.

Johnson, 50, has served as a deputy public defender since 2000. Previously, she was a sole practitioner from 1995 to 2000 and a judge pro tem and research attorney for the Santa Barbara Municipal Court from 1993 to 1995.

Johnson was an associate attorney for MacLachlan, Burford and Arias from 1990 to 1992 and a judge advocate general officer in the U.S. Army from 1986 to 1990. A Democrat, she joined the State Bar in 1990 and attended Amherst College and Suffolk University Law School.

Gallagher, 60, has served as an associate and partner at Bosso Williams since 1989. Previously, he was an associate for Adams, Levin, Bosso, Sachs and Bates from 1987 to 1989 and Biggam, Christensen and Minsloff from 1980 to 1987.

A graduate of the U. S. Military Academy at West Point and UC Hastings College of the Law, Gallagher joined the State Bar in 1980 and is a Democrat. He was elected to the court in June, and the appointment allows him to take his place on the bench immediately.

Bottke, 38, has been a partner at McGlynn, McGlynn and Bottke since 2004, and he was a deputy district attorney from 2002 to 2004 and in 1999. From 2001 to 2002, Bottke was an attorney for Feeney, Kellett, Wienner and Bush and, from 1999 to 2001, he was manager of legal affairs and compliance for Thyssen Krupp Materials. He worked for Thelen Reid and Priest as an attorney from 1997 to 1998.

A Republican, Bottke attended Ohio State University and Pepperdine University School of Law before joining the State Bar in 1997.

Skillman, 41, has served as assistant district attorney since 1999, and previously served as a deputy district attorney from 1995 to 1999. He joined the State Bar in 1985 after graduating from Bob Jones University and Cal Northern School of Law. Skillman is a Republican.

Skillman and Bottke were both elected to the court in June, and yesterday’s appointment allows Skillman to take his position on the bench when it becomes vacant Sept. 9, and allows Bottke to do so Sept. 12.

Compensation for the positions is $178,789.


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