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Brown Elevates Two to First District Court of Appeal


By a MetNews Staff Writer



Court of Appeal Judge


Court of Appeal Judge


Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday his elevation of Alameda Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Tracie L. Brown to the First District Court of Appeal.

Both are Democrats.

Petrou, if confirmed, will take a seat in Div. Three, replacing Justice Stewart R. Pollak who was appointed as presiding justice of the First Districtís Div. Four. Petrou has been a judge since 2010.

She was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of California from 2004 to the time of her first judicial appointment, before which she worked both in private practice and as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York. Her law degree is from Berkeley.

Brown, who has held her current position since 2013, is slated to take a seat on Div. Four, replacing Justice Timothy A. Reardon after his retirement. Prior to taking the bench she was an assistant U.S. attorney, also in the Northern District of California, beginning in 2002.

Before that, Brown was in private practice for five years. Her J.D. is from Berkeley.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation from the Commission on Judicial Appointments, made up of Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and the districtís senior presiding justice, J. Anthony Kline.

Pollak is currently awaiting confirmation to his presiding justice position by the same commission.

That panel will act on the appointment of gubernatorial advisor Joshua P. Groban to the Supreme Court on Dec. 21. Kline will serve in his capacity of the seniormost presiding justice in the state.

There will be a webcast of Grobanís confirmation hearing.

Two vacancies remain in this districtís Court of Appeal: the post of presiding justice of Div. Seven and an associate justiceís spot on Div. Four.

There are reportedly 13 vacancies on the Los Angeles Superior Court.


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