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Wednesday, June 28, 2023


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Graves, Haig, Richman Appointed to Judgeships


By a MetNews Staff Writer





superior court appointees

Gov. Gavin Newsom yesterday appointed Deputy Los Angeles County District Attorney Michelle Graves, sole practitioner Jerome Haig, and corporate counsel Dina Richman to vacancies on the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Graves has been a prosecutor since 2012. She was a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy rom 2001-12, and served in various capacities in the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department from 1995-99.

Her law degree is from Irvine University. Graves fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge David Sotelo.

Haig has been a sole practitioner since 2013, having previously served as a Los Angeles County deputy alternate public defender from 1994-2013, a deputy federal public defender for the Central District of California in 1994, and a Los Angeles County deputy public defender from 1988-94.

A Loyola Law School graduate, he succeeds Judge Holly E. Kendig who retired.

Richman has been an attorney for Farmers Group, Inc. since last year. She was a partner at Cozen O’Connor from 2017-22 and an associate at that firm from 2014-17, and was an associate at Sedgwick LLP from 2007-14.

She earned her law degree at UCLA.  Richman was appointed to the seat that had been held by Judge Richard E. Naranjo, who retired.

Statewide, Newsom yesterday appointed 15 persons to Superior Court judgeships. Ten—including Graves and Haig—are Democrats, and five, including Richman, have declared no party preference.


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