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Wednesday, February 28, 2018


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Brown Appoints Bendix, Moor, to Appeals Court

Appoints Seven to Los Angeles Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer







Gov. Jerry Brown Jr. yesterday made two appointments to fill vacancies in this district’s Court of Appeal, appointing Judge Helen I. Bendix as associate justice in this district’s Div. One, while Judge Carl H. Moor fills an associate justice vacancy in Div. Five. 

He also elevated Associate Justice Mary J. Greenwood to presiding justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal.

Statewide, Brown made 25 superior court appointments in 12 different counties, seven in Los Angeles.

Municipal Court Judge

Since 1997, Bendix, 65, has served as a judge, first in the now-defunct Los Angeles Municipal Court system from 1997-99, then, the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2000.

Before joining the bench, Bendix spent close to 20 years involved in various legal capacities. She was the senior vice president and general counsel for KCET from 1996-97, a partner at Heller Ehrman White and McAuliffe from 1986-96, of counsel at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher from 1986-89 and a visiting professor at the UCLA law school from 1995-96. From 1980-85, she worked for Leva Haws Symington Martin and Oppenheimer, first as an associate until 1983, then as a partner.

She was also an associate at Wilmer Cutler and Pickering from 1978-79, prior to which she began her career in law as a law clerk to Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler at the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

She earned her law degree from Yale Law School in 1976 and her undergraduate from Cornell University in 1973. 

She was previously under consideration for an Court of Appeal appointment in 2014.

If confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments—consisting of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Senior Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert of this district’s Div. Six—Bendix will fill a vacancy created on Nov. 2, 2017 by the elevation of Justice Elwood G. Lui to presiding justice of Div. Two.

Assistant U.S. Attorney

Moor, 56, has been a Los Angeles Superior Court judge since 2014. He was a partner at Munger Tolles and Olson LLP from 2003-14, where he was an associate from 2001-03.

On two occasions, Moor served as an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 1994-99 and 2000-01. He was litigation counsel at NBC in 2000 and an associate and public interest fellow at Hall and Phillips from 1989-94. He was a law clerk to Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the Central District of California from 1988-89.

He earned his law degree from Yale.

If confirmed, He will fill a vacancy left by the retirement of Justice Richard M. Mosk on March 31, 2016. Mosk died just a month later after a bout with pancreatic cancer.

Greenwood, 61, served in the Santa Clara County Superior Court system from 2012-17, after which she was appointed to her present position. If confirmed by the commission, she will fill a vacancy created by the retirement of Conrad L. Rushing. 

Superior Court Appointments



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Appointed to the Los Angeles Superior Court:

Michael R. Amerian, 43, deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office since 2003, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge R. Carlton Seaver.

Armenui A. Ashvanian, 46, deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office since 2005, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George Genersta.

Ashfaq (Ron) G. Chowdhury, 43, deputy federal public defender at the Office of Federal Public Defender, Central District of California since 2010, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lloyd M. Nash.

Danette J. Gomez, 41, deputy district attorney in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office since 2006, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Teresa Sanchez-Gordon.

Kimberley Baker Guillemet, 39, director of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Reentry since 2015, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David L. Minning.

Joseph M. Lipner, 53, partner at Irell and Manella LLP since 1996, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Carol B. Goodson.

Audra M. Mori, 50, managing partner of the Los Angeles Office of Perkins Coie LLP since 2017, where she was a partner since 2005, filling a converted court commissioner position.

All but two of the appointees are Democrats, except Mori, who registered without a party preference and Amerian, a Republican. Amerian is the son of Richard Amerian, former associate justice on the California Court of Appeal.

Additionally, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Russel L. Moore, 41, was appointed to a judgeship on the Riverside Superior Court.


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