Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointment Wednesday of five Los Angeles County Superior Court judges.
The new judges were among a flurry of appointments announced by the governor as he enters his final few days in office.
The judge appointees are:
— Maria Cavalluzzi, 55, of Los Angeles, who has been managing attorney and trial lawyer at the Law Offices of Cavalluzzi and Cavalluzzi since 2001. She was previously a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1988, a county deputy public defender from 1988 to 1989 and a sole practitioner from 1999 to 2001.
— Jennifer H. Cops, 41, of Long Beach, who has worked as a county deputy district attorney since 2007. She previously was an associate at Lawrence, Beach, Allen and Choi from 2005 to 2007.
— Gail Killefer, 65, of Los Angeles, who has served as director of the federal Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at the Central District of California since 2010. She was a sole practitioner and adjunct professor at the UC Hastings College of the Law from 2001 to 2010; an assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California from 1989 to 2001, serving as chief and deputy chief of the civil division; a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Torts Branch Civil Division from 1982 to 1989; and an associate at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson in 1981.
— Pamela M. Villanueva, 50, of Los Angeles, who has been a county deputy public defender since 1995 and held the same role in the Orange County Public Defender’s Office in 1995.
— David Yaroslavsky, 36, of Los Angeles, who has worked as a county deputy district attorney since 2012. He was previously an associate at Latham & Watkins LLP from 2007 to 2012.