Thursday, June 29, 2017
Gretchen Nelson Appointed to Judicial Council
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Daniel Buckley to Retain Advisory Post,
Incoming CJA President Stuart Rice Also to Assume Non-Voting Position
By a MetNews Staff Writer
The appointment of former Los Angeles County Bar Association President Gretchen Nelson to a three-year position as a voting member of the Judicial Council was announced yesterday by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
Nelson, of Nelson & Frankel LLP, headed LACBA in 2007-08. She is a past treasurer of the State Bar of California in 2012-2013.
Her practice as a trial lawyer is in the areas of complex litigation and business torts.
Nelson was appointed to the Judicial Council by the State Bar Board of Trustees. Seven other appointments were announced yesterday, each made by Cantil-Sakauye.
Two of the appointees will, like Nelson, be voting members. They are Tehama Superior Court Presiding Judge C. Todd Bottke, who will serve for two years, and Riverside Superior Court Judge Harold W. Hopp, who was given a three-year term.
Los Angeles Superior Court Presiding Judge Daniel J. Buckley was reappointed to a one-year advisory position on the judiciary’s policy-making body. Another judge of that court, Stuart M. Rice—who on Oct. 8 will become president of the California Judges Association—was also given a one-year advisory post.
Assuming three-year advisory roles will be Third District Court of Appeal Justice Andrea K. Rohmann and San Diego Superior Court Executive Officer Michael M. Roddy, with Santa Clara Superior Court Presiding Judge Patricia M. Lucas serving as an advisor for one year.
Cantil-Sakauye chairs the Judicial Council and appoints one other member of her court, three from the Court of Appeal, 10 from trial courts, and two administrators. The State Bar’s Board of Trustees chooses four members, and the state Senate and Assembly each appoints one member.
The terms begin Sept. 15.
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