Thursday, August 9, 2001
Davis Appoints Commissioner, Attorney to Fill Vacancies on Santa Clara Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Gray Davis yesterday appointed a commissioner and an attorney to Santa Clara Superior Court judgeships.
Commissioner Katherine L. Lucero, 39, has served on the court since January of last year, and has handled mostly juvenile dependency cases involving abused and neglected children.
She also focused on dependency cases as a prosecutor, serving in the Santa Clara District Attorney’s Office from 1991 to 1999 prosecuting crimes involving children. She was a member of the county’s Child Death Review Team
Lucero also prosecuted crimes against the elderly.
She is a former president of the Santa Clara County La Raza Lawyer’s Association and a member of the County Child Abuse Commission.
Lucero is a graduate of the University of California at Davis and earned her law degree from Syracuse University in New York. She became a member of the State Bar in 1990.
She is a resident of San Jose.
Davis also appointed Edward J. Davila, a Menlo Park lawyer with a criminal defense practice.
Davila, 49, is a past president of the Santa Clara County Bar Association.
He is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and earned his law degree from Hastings Law School. A State Bar member since 1981, he began his career as a deputy public defender, then in 1988 started the firm of Davila & Polverino.
He has taught trial advocacy at the University of San Francisco, Stanford, and University of Santa Clara law schools.
Superior Court judges earn annual salaries of $133,051.
The Santa Clara Superior Court is one of the state’s largest, encompassing the city of San Jose and the Silicon Valley.
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