Newsom Elevates Judge Adams to Court of Appeal
Eto Appointed to Los Angeles Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Los Angeles Superior Court judge
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday nominated Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rashida Adams to serve as a justice in Div. Three of this district’s Court of Appeal.
The governor appointed Gary Eto, 64, a sole practitioner since 2003, to the Los Angeles Superior Court and named San Mateo Superior Court Judge Danny Chou, 54, to Div. Five of the First District Court of Appeal and Judge Jose S. Castillo to Div. One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Adams, 45, has been at her present post since 2017. If confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments—comprised of Chief Justice Patricia Guerrero, Attorney General Rob Bonta, and the district’s senior Court of Appeal presiding justice, Arthur Gilbert—she will replace Justice Halim Dhanidina, who retired.
The nominee was a senior appellate court attorney for this district’s Court of Appeal from 2009-17 and was an appellate court attorney there from 2008-09. Her law degree is from Yale.
Eto earned his law degree at UCLA. He replaced Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Fred J. Fujioka.
Chou’s law degree is from Harvard and Castillo was awarded his by the University of California, Davis.
Newsom made seven Superior Court appointments in other counties, two in Orange and each in Alameda, Riverside, San Bernardino County, San Diego, and San Joaquin.
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