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Monday, December 30, 2013


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Brown Names 16 Superior Court Judges, Including Four Here





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Gov. Jerry Brown Friday named 16 new superior court judges, including four to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

The local appointees are Mark K. Hanasono, Daniel Juarez, Shelley L. Kaufman and Dorothy C. Kim. 

Hanasono, 39, has served as a deputy alternate public defender in the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as a deputy public defender from 2000 to 2004 and was a law clerk at the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1999 to 2000.

He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Georgetown University Law Center and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephanie Sautner.

Juarez, 47, has been a state administrative law judge since 2005. He was associate managing attorney at Protection and Advocacy Inc. from 1995 to 2005 and a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 1992 to 1995.

He is a graduate of UC Irvine and UC Berkeley School of Law, and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph F. De Vanon Jr.

Kaufman, 56, has been an attorney at Geragos and Geragos since 1997. She was an attorney in private practice from 1989 to 1996 and an attorney at Karp and Mooney from 1986 to 1988. Kaufman was an attorney at Levy Ansell and Goldman from 1984 to 1985, at the Burbank Studios from 1983 to 1985 and at the Law Offices of Edwin K. Marzec from 1981 to 1983.

She is a graduate of Pitzer College and Southwestern Law School and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Philip H. Hickok.

Kim, 41, has been deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California Criminal Division since 2010 and has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001. Kim was a litigation associate at Irell and Manella LLP from 2000 to 2001 and served as a law clerk at the First U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

She is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School, and fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz.

Brown also appointed San Diego Superior Court Commissioner Cindy D. Davis and San Diego Chief Deputy District Attorney Daniel G. Lamborn to the San Diego Superior Court; Riverside Assistant Public Defender Dean Benjamini to the Riverside Superior Court; Gary L. Moorhead of  Pohlson and Moorhead LLP and Fred W. Slaughter, Santa Ana Branch Office deputy chief at the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the Orange Superior Court; Santa Barbara Assistant Public Defender James K. Voysey to the Santa Barbara Superior Court; Merced sole practitioner Paul C. Lo to the Merced Superior Court; Contra Costa Deputy District Attorney John C. Cope to the Contra Costa Superior Court; Hugh K. Swift, executive officer at the Calaveras Superior Court, as a judge of that court; Christine A. Carringer, staff counsel at Katchis Harris and Yempuku, to the Solano Superior Court; and Stephen P. Acquisto,  chief deputy legal affairs secretary in Brown’s office, and criminal defense lawyer Michael G. Bowman to the Sacramento Superior Court.

The legal organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice reported that Lo is the first Hmong judge in California.

Juarez is registered decline-to-state; Lamborn, Moorhead, Cope, and Carringer are Republicans; and all of the other appointees are Democrats.


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