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Governor Newsom Names Justice Jenkins Judicial Appointments Secretary


By a MetNews Staff Writer







Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Court of Appeal Justice Martin J. Jenkins of the First Districtís Div. Three as his judicial appointments secretary.

The announcement came late Monday.

Jenkins, 65, was appointed to the appeals court in 2008 by then-Gov. Jerry Brown. At that time, he was a judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

From 1992 to the time of his federal appointment in 1997, Jenkins sat as a judge on the Alameda Superior Court. He was an Oakland Municipal Court judge from 1989-92.

The jurist was a trial attorney for Pacific Bell in San Francisco from 1986-89, and held the same role with the U.S. Department of Justice from 1983-1986. He was an Alameda County prosecutor from 1980-1983

A Democrat, he obtained his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.  Before beginning his legal studies in 1977, he was a cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks.

Jenkins was the recipient of the St. Thomas More Award in 1998, given annually by the St. Thomas More Society of San Francisco in recognition of public service and contribution to the Catholic community.

Legal Affairs Secretary

Also appointed by the governor were his legal affairs secretary, Catherine E. Lhamon, as well as her chief deputy and three other deputy legal affairs secretaries.

Lhamon, 47, is chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, a role she has had since her 2016 appointment by then-President Barack H. Obama. From 2013-17 she was assistant secretary for civil rights at the U.S. Department of Education, and from 2009-13 she was director of impact litigation at Public Counsel.

She was a lawyer with the ACLU of Southern California from 1999-2009, and earned her J.D. at Yale. .

She and her deputies are Democrats.

Analea Patterson, 47, will be chief deputy legal affairs secretary. She was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe from 2005-18, has been special assistant for policy and planning to then-Attorney General Bill Lockyer and policy and legislative director for then- Lieutenant Gov. Gray Davis.

Her law degree is from the University of the Pacificís McGeorge School of Law.

Three Deputies

The three deputy legal affairs secretaries who were appointed are:

Kelli Evans, 49, special assistant to the California attorney general from 2017-19. She was senior director for the administration of justice at the State Bar from 2014-17, associate director of the ACLU of Northern California from 2010-13, and has worked as a senior trial attorney in the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Her law degree is from UC Davis School of Law.

Rei Onishi, 37, Brownís deputy legal affairs secretary since 2017. He was a senior policy advisor at the federal Department of Housing from 2015-17, a deputy California attorney general from 2012-15, and clerked for Circuit Judge Beverly B. Martin of the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals from 2011-12. His J.D. is from Harvard.

Shubhra Shivpuri, 36, a deputy state attorney general in the civil rights enforcement section since 2017. A trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice from 2015-2017, she was an assistant U.S. attorney from 2011-15 and an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP from 2007-10; she studied law at Stanford Law School.

None of the appointments requires senate confirmation.


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