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Monday, October 29, 2018


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Brown Appoints Nellon, Seng to L.A. Judgeships, Elevates Menetrez to Fourth District

Statewide, Governor Chooses Five for Appeals Courts, 11 for Superior Court Seats


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Superior Court Commissioner


Alternate Public Defenderís Office Head Deputy


Los Angeles Superior Court Judge


Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced his appointment of five Court of Appeal justices and 11 superior court judges across the state, including two to the Los Angeles County bench.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Cherol J. Nellon is an appointee to the court where she has sat as commissioner since 2016. She earned her J.D. from West Los Angeles School of Law.

The other appointment to superior court is Jana M. Seng, currently a head deputy at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defenderís Office, where she started as deputy in 2005. Seng obtained her law degree from the University of Washington, School of Law.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Frank J. Menetrez will take a seat on Div. Two of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, filling a new position created in July. He has held his current seat since 2015, before which he was a research attorney the Court of Appeal for this district.

His J.D. is from UCLA School of Law.

In addition, Brown appointed three to the First District Court of Appeal, and one to the Third District Court of Appeal. Court of Appeal appointments require confirmation by the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments comprised of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the districtís senior presiding justice.

The governor also appointed one judge each to the Contra Costa, Imperial, Kings, Orange, San Diego, San Mateo and Santa Cruz superior courts, and appointed two to the San Francisco Superior Court.

Four of those chosen for Court of Appeal posts are, like the governor, Democrats, and one has no party preference. Nine of the Superior Court appointees are Democrats, and two, including Nellon, are not aligned with a political party.


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