Monday, September 22, 2014
Brown Names Three to Northern California Superior Courts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Jerry Brown Friday named three court commissioners, all of whom were elected judges in June, to fill the vacancies to which they were elected.
The three are the first judges elected to open seats in June to be appointed. The appointments allow them to take office immediately, rather than with their fellow judges-elect in January.
The three are Heidi K. Whilden of the Monterey Superior Court, Susan L. Greenberg of the San Mateo County Superior Court, and Dylan M. Sullivan of the El Dorado Superior Court.
Whilden, 51, has served as a commissioner since 2011. She was a judicial research attorney at the same court from 2006 to 2011, also serving as a family law judge pro tem from 2008 to 2011.
A graduate of UC Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara College of Law, she clerked for since-retired U.S. District Judge James M. Ideman of the Central District of California from 1991 to 1996, and then spent 10 years in private practice before going to work for the court.
She was elected in June to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Kay T. Kingsley. Whilden is a Democrat.
Greenberg, 54, has been a commissioner since 2000.
A graduate of Claremont McKenna College and Hastings College of the Law, she was a deputy district attorney in San Mateo County from 1984 to 1987 and was in private practice from 1987 to 2000.
Greenberg was elected in June to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Beth L. Freeman to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Greenberg is a Republican.
Sullivan, 48, of Rescue, has served as a commissioner since 2011. She served in several positions at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Board of Parole Hearings from 2005 to 2011, including deputy commissioner and associate chief deputy commissioner.
A graduate of UC Davis and McGeorge School of Law, she was in private practice from 1998 to 2008 and was elected in June to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Daniel Proud. Sullivan is registered without party preference.
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