Thursday, January 23, 2020
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Former California Supreme Court Justice
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
Former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno and retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza were appointed yesterday by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the Committee on Revision of the Penal Code.
Also placed on that committee were former state Sen. John Burton and L. Song Richardson, dean of the law school at the University of California at Irvine.
The appointments do not require Senate confirmation. Compensation is set at $100 a day.
All of the appointees are Democrats.
Currently an Arbitrator
Moreno, 71, was a member of the state high court from 2001-11. Now an arbitrator for an alternate dispute resolution firm, was of counsel at Irell & Manella LLP from 2011-13, and he was U.S. Ambassador to Belize from 2014-17.
Prior to his appointment to the California Supreme Court by then-Gov. Gray Davis, Moreno was, from 1998 to 2001, a judge at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He served as a judge at the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1993-98 and of the Compton Municipal Court from 1986-93.
Moreno was senior associate at Kelley, Drye & Warren from 1979-86 and a deputy Los Angeles city attorney from 1975-79.
His law degree is from Stanford.
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Espinoza, 66, has been director of the Office of Diversion and Reentry at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services since 2016. He served as a commissioner of the Los Angeles Superior Court from 1990 until his 1994 appointment to the Los Angeles Municipal Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson, who elevated Espinoza to the Superior Court in 1997.
Espinoza was a sole practitioner from 1981-90 and was a deputy Orange public defender from 1981-83.
He earned his law degree at UCLA.
Burton, 87, was chairman of the California Democratic Party from 1973-74 and 2009-17. He was a state senator from 1996 to 2004, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1974-83, and a member of the Assembly from 1965-74.
He graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Richardson, 53, has been dean of the UC Irvine law school since 2018, and was a professor there from 2014-17. She has a Yale law degree.
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