Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday the appointment of 10 new Superior Court judges in Los Angeles County.
Those appointed were:
— Rita L. Badhan, 43, of Los Angeles, who has worked as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office since 2007. She previously worked as an assistant public defender at the Sacramento County Public Defender’s Office from 2006 to 2007, a deputy public defender at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office from 2004 to 2006 and as a sole practitioner in 2004. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
— Alicia Y. Blanco, 54, of Burbank, who has been a Los Angeles County Superior Court commissioner since 2015. She formerly worked as a sole practitioner from 2014 to 2015, a supervising deputy federal public defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California from 2003 to 2014 and as a deputy federal defender there from 1991 to 2003.
— Robert E. Sanchez DuFour, 41, of Los Angeles, who has been a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney since 2005.
— Carla L. Garrett, 57, of Long Beach, who has served as an administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings in the California Department of General Services since 2008. She previously worked as deputy trial counsel at the State Bar of California in 2008 and from 1990 to 2000, a self-employed attorney from 2006 to 2008, as an independent contractor attorney at the Law Office of Robert M. Ball from 2000 to 2006 and an associate at Tilles, Webb, Kulla & Grant from 1989 to 1990 and at Kinkle, Rodiger & Spriggs from 1988 to 1989.
— Ronald O. Kaye, 59, of Los Angeles, who has been a partner and co-founder at Kaye, McLane, Bednarski & Litt LLP since 2003. He formerly worked as a deputy federal public defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California from 1995 to 2003, an attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 1992 to 1995, an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe from 1991 to 1992 and the staff attorney at the Central American Refugee Center, Los Angeles from 1990 to 1991.
— Elizabeth Potter Scully, 48, of Culver City, who has been a founding partner at Jacobson, Scully LLP since 2018. She was previously a founding partner at Jacobson, Scully, Shebby LLP from 2010 to 2018, a sole practitioner from 2007 to 2010, a partner at Kaufman, Young, Spiegel, Robinson & Kenerson LLP from 2001 to 2007 and senior associate at Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP from 1996 to 2001.
— David W. Swift, 41, of Los Angeles, who has been a partner at Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP since 2014, where he was an associate from 2008 to 2013. He was previously an associate at Strange & Carpenter in 2008 and at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP from 2005 to 2008.
— Hernan D. Vera, 50, of Los Angeles, who has been a principal at Bird Marella since 2015. He was previously president and chief executive officer at Public Counsel from 2008 to 2014, where he was Director of the Consumer Law Project from 2002 to 2008, along with being an associate and counsel at O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1997 to 2002 and an education staff attorney at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 1996 to 1997, a Law Clerk for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1995 to 1996 and an Associate at O’Melveny & Myers LLP from 1994 to 1995.
— Wendy L. Wilcox, 50, of Los Angeles, who has been a partner and owner at Skane Wilcox LLP since 2010. She was previously a partner and owner at Jampol, Zimet, Skane & Wilcox LLP from 2005 to 2010 and at Jampol, Zimet & Wilcox LLP from 2004 to 2005, along with being an associate at Sedgwick LLP from 2002 to 2004, at Tressler LLP from 2000 to 2002 and at Ward, Kroll & Jampol from 1997 to 2000.
— Bryant Y. Yang, 38, of Arcadia, who has been an assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California since 2016. He was formerly an associate at Irell & Manella LLP from 2012 to 2016, a lecturer and adjunct Professor at Harvey Mudd College in 2009, 2015 and 2020 and deputy director of Voter Protection at Organizing for America — Nevada in 2012.
All of the appointees are Democrats except for Wilcox, who is registered without party preference, according to the governor’s office.
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