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Fusselman, Kazadi Named to L.A. Superior Court

Governor Makes Four Court of Appeal Appointments, 19 Trial Court Selections


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday appointed two persons—Ian C. Fusselman and Michelle L. Kazadi—to the Los Angeles Superior Court, as well as elevating four jurists to appellate court posts and appointing 17 lawyers to trial courts in other counties.

In the First Appellate District, the governor nominated Justice Alison M. Tucher, 58, of Div. Four to the post of presiding justice of Div. Three and chose Justice Teri L. Jackson, 64, of Div. Three to preside over Div. Five. In the Sixth Appellate District, he appointed Santa Clara Superior Court Judges Cynthia C. Lie, 53, and Charles E. Wilson II, 46, as associate justices.

Tucher, Jackson and Wilson are Democrats; Lie has no party preference.

Those appointments are subject to confirmation by the three-person Commission on Judicial Appointments.

The Superior Court appointments in other counties are comprised of two in Alameda, one in Fresno, two in Kern, one in Orange, one in Riverside, two in Sacramento, two in San Bernardino, one in San Diego, one in San Francisco, three in San Mateo, and one in Santa Cruz. Sixteen of the appointees to superior courts—including Fusselman and Kazadi—are Democrats. Three have no party preference.




Judicial Appointee


Judicial Appointee


 Fusselman, 53, has been a sole practitioner since 2019 and a mediator with ADR Services since 2018. His law degree is from USC.

Kazadi, 50, has served as an administrative law judge at the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board since March 2021. Her law degree was earned at the University of Louisville.

Fusselman will fill a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Oct. 21, 2020, and Kazadi fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Presiding Justice Barbara R. Johnson.


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