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Newsom Appoints Four to L.A. Superior Court



Deputy District Attorney


Deputy District Attorney


Deputy District Attorney


Deputy Public Defender


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday announced the appointment of four government lawyers—three deputy district attorneys and one deputy public defender—to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Statewide, Newsom made 18 appointments to superior courts. The Democratic government placed on the bench 13 Democrats, four independents, and, in San Bernardino, one Republican (private practitioner Douglas Mann).

In Los Angeles County, the governor conferred judgeships on:

Alfred A. Coletta, 65. He has been a deputy district attorney since 1988, having served a brief stint prior to that in the County Counsel’s Office.

Coletta, a past president of the Italian American Lawyers Association, earned his law degree at Western State College of Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lisa H. Cole.

Warren Masami Kato, 59. He joined the District Attorney’s Office in 1999.

A graduate of the University of La Verne College of Law, he replaces Judge Edmund W. Clarke Jr., who retired.

Susan Ser, 50. She, too, became a deputy district attorney in 1999, which followed two years in private practice.

Her law degree is from Loyola. Ser fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge Vincent H. Okamoto.

Lowynn Y. Young, 52. A deputy public defender since 1998, she has a degree from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

The vacancy she fills was created by the retirement of Judge Songhai Miguda-Armstead.

Other appointments yesterday were to the superior courts in Fresno, Monterey, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and Stanislaus counties.


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