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Byrum, Strassner Appointed to LASC Judgeships  


By a MetNews Staff Writer



L.A. Superior Court appointee


L.A. Superior Court appointee


Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday announced his appointment of two Los Angeles Superior Court commissioners—Maria Rivas Byrum and Lisa M. Strassner—to judgeships on that court.

Byrum, 64, has been a commissioner since 2019. She was legal counsel to the Consulate of Colombia in Los Angeles from 1992 to 2019 and was in private practice from 1983 to 2019.

Her law degree is from the University of Miami. Byrum fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Jose Sandoval.

Strassner, 52, was hired as a commissioner in 2015 and was a Los Angeles County public defender from 1996 to 2015. She graduated from Western State University College of Law.

She succeeds Judge Robert J. Schuit who retired.

Newsom also announced his nomination of Orange Superior Court Judge Joanne Motoike, 54, as a justice of Div. Three of the Fourth District Court of Appeal. She must be confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments comprised of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and the district’s senior presiding justice, Manuel A. Ramirez of Div. Two.

Four other Superior Court appointments were announced, one in Orange County; one in San Bernardino County; and two in San Diego County. The Court of Appeal nominee and the Superior Court appointees are all Democrats.


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