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Monday, November 16, 2020


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Governor Newsom Appoints 10 to Los Angeles Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday made 10 appointments to the Los Angeles Superior Court, among 19 selections for judgeships statewide.



Placed on the bench in this county are:

•Rita L. Badhan, 43, who has served as a Los Angeles deputy public defender since 2007. Her law degree is from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Abraham Khan.

•Alicia Y. Blanco, 54, presently a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner, a post she gained in 2015. She was a Sole Practitioner from 2014 to 2015. Southwestern University School of Law is her alma mater.

She replaces Judge Leslie A. Swain, who retired.

•Robert E. Sanchez DuFour, 41, a Los Angeles deputy district attorney since 2005. He earned his law degree at Vanderbilt University Law School.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Steven P. Sanora.

•Carla L. Garrett, 57, an administrative law judge in the California Department of General Services since 2008, and a former State Bar deputy trial counsel. Her degree is from the University of Southern California School of Law.

The retirement of Judge Charles F. Palmer created the opening to which she was appointed.

•Ronald O. Kaye, 59, a partner in Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt LLP since 2003 when he co-founded the firm. His law degree was obtained at UCLA.

His predecessor was Judge Richard E. Rico, who retired.

•Elizabeth Potter Scully, 48, is a private practitioner, presently with Jacobson Scully LLP which she co-founded in 2018. She matriculated at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Michael A. Cowell.

•David W. Swift, 41, has been a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP since 2014, where he was an associate from 2008-13. He has a law degree from USC.

The retirement of Judge Elizabeth A. White created the vacancy.

•Hernan D. Vera, 50, has been a principal at Bird Marella since 2015, and was president and chief executive officer at Public Counsel from 2008-14. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

He assumes the seat held by Judge Elizabeth R. Feffer, who retired.

•Wendy L. Wilcox, 50, an alumnus of Southwestern Law School, has been a partner and owner at Skane Wilcox LLP since 2010.

She replaces Judge Stanley Blumenfeld, who resigned upon confirmation as a judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

•Bryant Y. Yang, 38, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Central District of California since 2016 and was an associate at Irell & Manella LLP from 2012-16. Yang’s law degree is from the University of California at Berkeley.

He replaces Judge Yvonne T. Sanchez, who retired.

All are Democrats except Wilcox, who is registered without a party preference.


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