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Monday, July 23, 2018


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Brown Appoints Espinosa, McKenzie to Los Angeles Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer








Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced the appointment of attorneys Miguel T. Espinoza and Alison M. Mackenzie to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Espinoza is currently an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, where he has worked since last year. Prior to that, he was a Los Angeles deputy district attorney, assuming that post in 2007.

Before becoming a prosecutor, Espinoza was involved in various political campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid in 2007-08 and Antonio Villaraigosa successful campaigns for mayor in 2004-05 for the Los Angeles City Council from 2002-03. He was also a transition aide for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office from 2005-06.

He earned his law degree at USC.

Mackenzie is currently a partner at Boies, Schiller, Flexner LLP in Los Angeles. Prior to that, she worked for Cladwell, Leslie and Proctor PC, starting in 2007 as an associate and working her way up to shareholder.

From 2005-06, Mackenzie clerked for U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson of the Central District of California. She obtained her law degree from Yale.

Espinoza replaces Judge Carl H. Moor and Mackenzie assumes the seat previously held by Helen Bendix. Moor and Bendix were elevated to the Court of Appeal for this district.

Brown also announced appointments of two persons to the Riverside Superior Court and person to each of eight other superior courts, in Orange, Placer, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, San Mateo, Stanislaus and Ventura counties.

Espinoza, Mackenzie, and six other appointees are Democrats; three of those chosen are independents; and one—Todd D. Irby—is a Republican. Irby received an interim appointment to the Placer Superior Court, having been elected to a judgeship on that court for a term beginning in January.


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