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Monday, December 15, 2014


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Brown Names 11 to Superior Court Judgeships


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Jerry Brown Friday named 11 new judges to superior courts throughout the state.

Steven J. Singley was named to the San Bernardino Superior Court; Geoffrey M. Howard to the Marin Superior Court; Charles Crompton and Edward A. Torpoco to the San Francisco Superior Court; Sharon L. Kalemkiarian to the San Diego Superior Court; Anita L. Santos to the Contra Costa Superior Court; Eric S. Geffon, Roberta S. Hayashi and Cynthia C. Lie to the Santa Clara Superior Court; and Gustavo E. Lavayen and Pauline Maxwell to the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

Singley, 46, has served as San Bernardino County deputy county counsel since 2008 and has been general legal counsel to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department since 2012. He is a graduate of Azusa Pacific University and the University of La Verne College of Law.  

Howard, 48, has been a partner at Morgan, Lewis and Bockius LLP since earlier this year, having previously been a partner at Bingham McCutchen LLP. He is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School.

Crompton, 52, has been legal director at the Glide Foundation, a faith-based nonprofit organization, since earlier this year. He was a partner at Latham and Watkins LLP from 1999 to 2014. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Columbia Law School.

Torpoco, 40, has been an in-house lawyer at eBay Inc. since 2006 and the company’s senior director and legal counsel supporting international projects since 2012. Before joining the company, he held a number of jobs as a prosecutor, including that of Los Angeles deputy district attorney from 1999 to 2000. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and Harvard Law School.

Kalemkiarian, 58, has been a partner at Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson and Kalemkiarian since 2000. She has held a number of positions in legal education and the nonprofit sector, including adjunct professor at the University of San Diego School of Law from 2010 until this year. She is a graduate of Princeton University and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Santos, 49, has been a Contra Costa Superior Court commissioner since 2012, having previously been a sole practitioner and before that a deputy district attorney. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law.

Geffon, 44, has practiced at Geffon and Isger since 2001 and is a former deputy public defender. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento and Santa Clara University School of Law.

Hayashi, 56, has been head of the employment law practice at the firm of Berliner Cohen since 2006. She is a former president of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and the Santa Clara County Bar Association, and is a graduate of Stanford University and UC Davis School of Law.

Lie, 46, has served as an assistant federal public defender since 2003, having previously been a staff attorney at the City and County of San Francisco Office of Citizen Complaints. Her undergraduate and law degrees are from UC Berkeley.

Lavayen, 55, joined the Santa Barbara Office of County Counsel in 1990 and has been a senior deputy since 2013, having previously served as chief deputy counsel. He is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and Hastings College of the Law.

Maxwell, 59, has served as a commissioner at the Santa Barbara Superior Court since 2010, and was a staff research attorney for the court from 2006 to 2010. She was an adjunct professor at the Santa Barbara College of Law from 2007 to 2009, and has worked as a litigation associate and as in-house counsel at Tenet Healthcare.

Maxwell holds degrees from UC Santa Barbara and UCLA School of Law.

Singley is a Republican; Howard, Lie, and Lavayen are registered without party preference; and the other appointees are Democrats.


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