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Indiana Court of Appeals holds court at DePauw University 04/19/2019

 

On April 15, DePauw University students, faculty and staff, and local citizens had an opportunity to see first hand the workings of the appellate justice system. As it has each spring for more than a decade, the Indiana Court of Appeals came to DePauw and held a session which the public was invited to attend.

 A three-judge Court of Appeals panel heard oral arguments and thereafter answered questions from the audience.    It marked the fourteenth time in the last 15 years that the Court of Appeals has come to DePauw in visits hosted by the department of political science.

 The three-judge panel conducting the oral arguments consisted of Margret G. Robb, the first woman to serve as Chief Judge of the Indiana Court of Appeals; Terry A. Crone. a 1974 graduate of DePauw; and Edward W. Najam Jr.

 https://www.depauw.edu/news-media/latest-news/details/34213/

 Read about Indiana’s program of traveling oral arguments.   As described on its website:  The Court has conducted more than 500 Appeals on Wheels in 84 counties since its 2001 centennial, although the program predates the centennial …

 

 “Traveling oral arguments, or Appeals on Wheels, take the court across Indiana to help Hoosiers learn more about the judiciary’s indispensable role in Indiana government. They also provide opportunities for Court of Appeals judges to meet and talk with a broad range of citizens in relatively informal settings.”

  Read more:

https://www.in.gov/judiciary/appeals/2332.htm

Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer loses bid for Wisconsin Supreme Court. 04/08/2019

Wisconsin Court of Appeals Judge Brian Hagedorn has claimed victory against Court of Appeals Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer in the state’s very close Supreme Court election.  Both jurists are currently appeals court judges.  Hagedorn beat Neubauer for outgoing liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson’s seat by just 5,962 votes, or roughly half a percent, Wisconsin Public Radio reports.  Neubauer was regarded as the “liberal” candidate while Hagedorn was the “conservative” candidate.

 With nearly 6,000 votes separating the two jurists, it is extremely unlikely that a meaningful shift in the vote would occur if Neubauer calls for a recount.  In any event, with official certified numbers still a few weeks away, the 2019 election will still go down in the record books as one of the most closely decided races for the office in Wisconsin Supreme Court history.  Hagedorn’s margin of .0495% is tighter than 121 of 125 state Supreme Court races since the 1850s.

 Read more:

https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/brian-hagedorn-calls-likely-win-historic-victory-says-he-s/article_419b0f97-23fe-58b9-b1a6-6da068a30fb0.html

 https://urbanmilwaukee.com/2019/04/08/smart-politics-high-court-race-4th-closest-in-state-history/

Michael Gibbons Named Nevada Chief Judge 03/22/2019

The appointment was announced in a March 21, 2019 press release from the Supreme Court, as follows:

 

Michael P. Gibbons Named Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals

3/21/2019 2:13:58 PM

The Nevada Supreme Court has named Michael P. Gibbons as the Chief Judge of the Nevada Court of Appeals to complete the unexpired term of former Chief Judge Abbi Silver, who joined the Supreme Court in January. Chief Justice Mark Gibbons [the new Chief Judge's brother]  did not participate in this decision.

 
 

Judge Michael P. Gibbons was selected as a judge for the Court of Appeals by former Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2014. Judge Gibbons previously served as the inaugural Chief Judge of the court for its first two years.

Judge Gibbons had served as a District Judge for twenty years at the time of his appointment to the Court of Appeals. He was elected to the Ninth Judicial District Court in 1994 and was reelected four consecutive times. Judge Gibbons had presided in nine different counties throughout Nevada as a visiting judge during his tenure on the district court bench including for Clark County in each year from 1995-2004.

Judge Gibbons received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and his law degree from the University of Idaho College of Law.

Historic First - Three Women Comprise Alaska Court of Appeals 03/18/2019

For the first time in Alaska history, three women comprise Alaska Court of Appeals following the installation of  Judge Bethany Harbison, of Fairbanks,   making it the first time in the state’s history that all three seats are filled by women.   The first appointee to the appeals court from Fairbanks, she joins judges Marjorie K. Allard and Tracey Wollenberg, both of Anchorage. Harbison served as a Fairbanks Superior Court Judge for six years and was appointed to the appeals court by Gov. Bill Walker.  She replaces Chief Judge David Mannheimer, who retired in February due to age restrictions.

Alaska Supreme Court Justice Susan Carney presided over Harbison’s installation.  “She joins Marjorie Allard . . .  and Tracey Wollenberg on one of the very few all-woman courts anywhere in the United States,” Carney said. “I’m especially proud to have that kind of court in Alaska.”

Read More:

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/for-the-first-time-in-state-history-three-women-comprise/article_f7143876-46eb-11e9-8ade-af4115a785d3.html

Chief Judge Dillard Honored for Social Media Education 03/14/2019

Georgia Court of Appeals Chief Judge Stephen Dillard uses Twitter to educate people about the judicial process. His goal is to get the younger generation more engaged in American government and to mentor young law students.  "There have been a lot of judges that are joining social media…because they see the power of good that can happen when judges are on social media using it to educate.   There’s a lot of negative on social media but there is also a lot of positive," he explained.  Dillard said he hopes other political leaders will follow his tracks and use their platforms to inspire younger generations as well.  Judge Dillard has served on the state court of appeals for the last nine years. The Georgia House of Representatives honored Dillard with the twitter laureate award in January for his use of social media to connect with the Georgians that he serves.

California Presiding Justice Judith McConnell Honored by ABA 02/07/2019

The Margaret Brent award, given each year by the American Bar Association Commission on Women is named after the first woman lawyer in America, who arrived in the colonies in 1638.    It recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of women lawyers who have excelled in their field and have paved the way to success for other women lawyers.   Justice McConnell,  the Administrative Presiding Justice of the Fourth District  of the California Court of Appeal in San Diego, is one of  five women recognized this year.    She will receive the award at a luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California and the UC Berkeley School of Law,  Justice McConnell has been involved in a host of law related activities during a judicial year spanning  40 years, including 23 years on the trial bench where she was twice elected presiding judge by her colleagues, and 17 on the California Court of Appeal.    She is a former president of the National Association of Women Judges and an active member of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal.  The Margaret Brent award is the latest addition to a long list of awards that includes Jurist of the Year by the California Judicial Council,  and the  Benjamin Aranda Access to Justice Award presented jointly by the California Judicial Council, the California Judges Association and the State Bar of California.

W.Va. Legislature Considers New Intermediate Appellate Court 01/30/2019

A bill that would establish mid-level appeals courts in southern and northern West Virginia was introduced recently in the West Virginia  Legislature.   A similar bill was considered last year.   The Supreme Court  provided a fiscal note that estimated a cost of  $11.7 million and included several objections to the intermediate court proposal.   The state Supreme Court hasn’t budgeted to account for a new intermediate court of appeals, but its justices aren’t necessarily against it.  The Supreme Court’s estimate of its cost this year was $7.6 million.   The estimate the Supreme Court offered this year reflects the bill as it is, the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice noted, but could change if the proposal changes.

She said “the Constitution vests in you, the Legislature, the authority to determine whether an intermediate court is feasible,” Walker said.   But she said justices would like to be involved with planning for the intermediate court if lawmakers decide to go ahead with it.   The intermediate court would have the power to review final judgments in civil cases from circuit court, in cases from family court or administrative law hearings. The intermediate court would not review the outcomes of criminal cases.

(Picture: Chief Justice Beth Walker discusses the Supreme Court's budget alongside House Finance Chairman Eric Householder)

Read more:

http://wvmetronews.com/2019/01/19/supreme-court-hasnt-budgeted-for-intermediate-court-but-doesnt-object/

Donna Barnes New Mississippi Court of Appeals Chief Judge 01/30/2019

Chief Judge Barnes will be the first woman to lead the state Court of Appeals. And, for the first time in its 24-year history, four of the 10 Mississippi Court of Appeals judges are women.  Presiding Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph appointed Barnes to the chief judge post, and remarked:  “Judge Barnes, by her training, tenure and temperament, is the obvious choice to lead the Court of Appeals.    She is well-suited to take on the additional duties of chief judge. She is a legal scholar. Her private practice experience focused on appellate advocacy, and she has 14 and a half years of experience on the bench.”   Barnes will replace Judge T. Kenneth Griffis of Ridgeland as chief judge. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Griffis to a vacancy on the Supreme Court effective Feb. 1.

Gov. Barbour appointed Judge Barnes to the appellate court on July 26, 2004. She was elected in November 2006, and re-elected in November 2010 and November 2018.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Mississippi, summa cum laude, with majors in classical civilizations and English.   She earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi Law School.  In 1996, she took a sabbatical to study law at the University of Cambridge.  She was one of three American students in the LL.M. program which that year admitted 152 attorneys from 48 countries.  She earned her Master of Law from the University of Cambridge in 1997.  

Read more:

https://newsms.fm/first-woman-to-lead-mississippi-court-of-appeals/

https://courts.ms.gov/appellatecourts/coa/bios/judgebarnes.php

https://www.djournal.com/news/tupelo-woman-to-become-chief-judge-of-mississippi-court-of/article_c1ab3b88-b8f4-52ff-ad9a-030c43da5b68.html

Florida 3d Dist Chief Judge Barbara Lagoa Named to Florida Supreme Court 01/28/2019

Judge Lagoa was the first Cuban-American woman to serve on Miami's appeals court. Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement in front of Miami's Freedom Tower, a symbol for Cuban immigrants arriving in South Florida. Lagoa, 52, becomes the first Hispanic woman to serve on the court. In emotional remarks at the Freedom Tower   Lagoa — whose parents fled Cuba over five decades ago when Fidel Castro's Communist dictatorship took over — mentioned that her  father "had to give up his dream of becoming a lawyer."

Lagoa grew up in Hialeah, graduated from Florida International University and got her law degree at Columbia University, where she served as an associate editor of the Columbia Law Review.  Governor DeSantis called her credentials “impeccable.”  Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, R-Miami, called the selection a "judicial home run."She is married to Paul Huck Jr., an attorney and the son of senior Miami federal judge Paul Huck Sr. She and her husband have three children. By law, one of the selections for the state Supreme Court must be from either Miami-Dade or Monroe counties.  Lagoa was appointed to the Third District Court of Appeal in 2006 by then Gov. Jeb Bush.   It was DeSantis' first selection for Supreme Court justice in what is expected to be a conservative makeover of the state's highest court. The Republican governor later appointed Robert Luck, 39, a former Miami federal prosecutor and circuit court judge who also recently served on the 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Read more:

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/01/09/barbara-lagoa-tapped-as-next-florida-supreme-court-justice-by-desantis/

Kevin Emas Unanimously Elected Chief Judge of Florida’s Third District 01/28/2019

Judge Emas succeeds  Chief Judge Barbara Lagoa who was appointed a  justice of the Florida Supreme Court by Gov. Ron DeSantis on January 9.  He is the 19th chief judge of the Third District Court of Appeal since the court was established in 1957 and will serve in this capacity until June 30, 2021. He will be responsible for all administrative matters of the court.

 Judge Kevin Emas has been appointed to the judiciary by three different governors. Gov. Lawton Chiles appointed Emas to the Miami-Dade County Court in 1996. Five years later, Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Judge Emas to the 11th Circuit and on November 24, 2010, Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Judge Emas to the Third DCA.    He  received his J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Miami, School of Law in 1982, where he served as an editor of the University of Miami Law Review. He was a member of the Law School Honor Court and the Order of Barristers. Judge Emas received his B.A. (with honors) from the University of Florida in 1979

Dori Contreras Elected Chief Justice in Texas 01/04/2019

The Texas 13th Court of Appeals welcomed its first woman to be elected Chief Justice. Dori Contreras is a Rio Grande Valley native, PSJA ISD graduate, with 16 years of service on the court. Contreras is now the second Latina statewide elected for this position.

Discussing  the significance of her election, she said.

"One thing that has always been important to me as a lawyer, ultimately when I became a judge is speaking to students at high school and college here at the local university. Talking to them of course of the importance of their education and trying to set a good example for them of someone that's growing up here in the Valley just like them. That through some hard work and dedication we can accomplish goals that you set and pursue dreams, so I try to encourage that. It's important for me to do that specially for young women, young Latinas.”

Contreras says she is proud of the work the court does and is looking forward to making improvements.

https://www.kveo.com/news/local-news/texas-13th-court-of-appeals-welcomes-first-female-chief-justice/1683680319

Two Wisconsin Appeals Court Judges in Race for Supreme Court. 01/04/2019

Two Wisconsin appeals court judges will face each other in April for a seat on the state Supreme Court.

Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer — both members of the Waukesha-based District 2 Court of Appeals are vying  to replace retiring  Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

Neubauer filed her paperwork in December and Hagedorn did so just prior to the deadline for getting on the April 2 ballot.

Hagedorn is a former chief legal adviser to outgoing Gov. Scott Walker and was appointed to the appeals court by Walker in 2015.  Neubauer, who has been chief judge of the district since 2015,  has won the backing of Democrats and 150 judges and has hired the same team that helped elect liberal Rebecca Dallet to the Supreme Court in 2018.  Conservatives have a 4-3 majority on the court. The April election could keep that balance in place or widen conservative control to 5-2.

 Read more:

 https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2019/01/02/wisconsin-supreme-court-hagedorn-neubauer-file-spring-election/2465677002/

Kenny Griffis Appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court 12/28/2018

Gov. Phil Bryant has selected Court of Appeals Judge Kenny Griffis of Ridgeland to replace William Waller Jr. on the Mississippi Supreme Court.  Waller has announced that he is retiring Jan. 31.  Under Mississippi  law, the Supreme Court justice with the longest tenure assumes the post of chief justice – and  head of the entire state judiciary.  When Waller retires, Southern District Justice Michael Randolph of Hattiesburg will assume the post of chief justice.  The chief justice of the Supreme Court appoints the chief judge of the 10 member Court of Appeals.  Griffis was scheduled to be sworn as chief judge in January, replacing Court of Appeals Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee upon his retirement.   Governor Bryant also announced he is naming state Rep. Cory Wilson, R-Madison, to fill Griffis’ seat on the Court of Appeals.

Read more:

https://mississippitoday.org/2018/12/19/court-of-appeals-judge-griffis-to-replace-waller-on-states-high-court/

Marla Graff Decker elected chief judge of Virginia Court of Appeals 12/28/2018

Judge Marla Graff Decker has been elected chief judge-elect of the Virginia Court of Appeals to succeed Chief Judge Glen A. Huff. She will begin her four-year term on Jan. 1. Decker was elected by a majority of the court’s judges on Nov. 27. She was appointed to the state Court of Appeals on Nov. 1, 2013, and elected by the Virginia General Assembly to an eight-year term in January 2014.

Judge Decker began her legal career in 1983 in the Criminal Litigation Section of the Office of the Attorney General, handling criminal appeals and habeas corpus litigation.  She later served as section chief of the Special Prosecutions Section and then as deputy attorney general of the Public Safety and Enforcement Division.   Immediately prior to assuming the bench Decker served as Virginia’s secretary of public safety.  Decker received her undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and her Juris Doctor from the University of Richmond School of Law, where she presently serves as an evening adjunct professor.

The state’s Court of Appeals has 11 judges. It provides appellate review of final decisions by circuit courts in domestic relations matters, as well as appeals related to decisions of administrative agencies, traffic infractions and non-capital criminal cases as well as  final decisions of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Read more:

https://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/government-politics/judge-marla-graff-decker-is-elected-chief-judge-elect-of/article_e0c2586b-22e8-57c4-90b4-726108cf411a.html

Felicia Williams Named Chief Judge Louisiana Second Circuit 12/03/2018

Judge Felicia Toney Williams has been sworn in as chief judge of Louisiana’s Second Circuit Court of Appeal.  In 1992  Judge Williams became the first woman elected to the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal, and now becomes the Circuit’s first female chief judge.  Williams has served four years on the Louisiana Judiciary Commission, including serving as its chair this year.   She also completed a term as chairman of the Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges this year.  She is married to Attorney Moses J. Williams and they have three children, Rhonda, Myra and Justin.  The Second Circuit, one of the five state appeals courts in Louisiana, serves 20 parishes: Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, DeSoto, East Carroll, Franklin, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Red River, Richland, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Carroll and Winn.

Art Scotland Presented With Christenson Award in Washington D.C. 12/03/2018

Seen here with Justice Clarence Thomas and Michael Schwartz, Dean of the University of the Pacific McGeoge Law School, Scotland received the Inn of Court's highest award during a ceremony at the United States Supreme Court.  Scotland, the former presiding justice of the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, retired from the court after 21 years to become  Of Counsel to the law firm of Nielsen Merksamer where he specializes in government law.  He had previously served on the Sacramento Superior Court and served as Cabinet Secretary to Governor George Deukmejian as California Deputy Attorney General and Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney.  He graduated with honors from the  McGeorge School of Law in 1974 and was elected to serve on the university’s board of regents.

 Scotland has been a leader in the American Inns of Court for decades.  An Emeritus member of the Anthony M. Kennedy American Inn of Court, he has been on the Inn’s executive committee for more than 20 years, chairs the membership committee, and served as a master of ceremonies at the Inn’s 30th anniversary celebration.  As a member of the American Inns of Court Judicial Task Force, Scotland helped to identify the benefits and challenges of judicial participation in Inns and proposed a strategy and techniques for recruiting and retaining judges as Inn members.  For years, Scotland has organized and hosted a visit to Sacramento for British barristers as part of the Pegasus Scholarship Trust exchange program between the United States and the United Kingdom.  He speaks frequently to Inn and student groups about civility in public and professional discourse. He is a former president of the Council of Chief Judges and was inducted into  the Council's Hall of Fame.

Incumbents Ousted in Texas Judicial Races 11/09/2018

Partisan judicial races can lead to partisan outcomes but few expected the dramatic defeat of 19 incumbent Republican appellate judges in Texas.

 

The turnabout in Democratic party fortunes was centered in the state’s urban, liberal areas, but those areas include neighboring counties whose suburban and rural voters have in recent years delivered wins to Republicans.   Democrats  won by elevating their  victories in the cities and reducing  their margins of defeat in neighboring suburban and rural counties.   Judicial races in Texas like most states are not generally hotly contested.  But straight party line voting aided the victory.  Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado narrowly won the 13th Court of Appeals Place 4 race  after the  Hidalgo County Democratic Party put up billboards urging residents to vote “straight ticket Democrat.”    According to news reports, the party placed signs outside polling sites pushing for the straight ticket option that featured photos of every local Democratic party candidate in a competitive race, with the exception of Delgado, who is under indictment on federal bribery charges.  (https://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_9b6493f4-e25a-11e8-941a-c37aed4a4bf8.html )

 The state’s two highest courts, Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals remain totally Republican

 Read more:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/11/08/texas-courts-appeals-2018-midterms-beto-orourke/

 

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/GOP-Free-Zone-Republican-judges-swept-out-by-13376806.php   [Houston]

 

  

President May Receives Distinguished Service Award 09/10/2018

Judge Melanie May, who serves on the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Florida is the recipient of the National Center’s Distinguished Service Award.  Judge May started as a circuit court judge in Broward County in 1991 before moving to the court of appeals in 2001. She served as chief judge of the appellate court from 2011 to 2013. 

 

While on the Broward bench, she distinguished herself by overseeing one of the nation’s first drug courts, focusing on getting treatment to nonviolent offenders. As a lawyer and a judge, she is known as thoughtful, hard-working and always prepared.  She also has earned a reputation for looking for ways to improve the justice system. 

 

As evidence of that commitment, she is on the Supreme Court of Florida’s Steering Committee on Treatment-Based Drug Courts, has served on the Advisory Council to the Office of Drug Control since 1999, and is a member of the Reentry Task Force and the Trial Court Performance and Accountability Committee.  On a national level, Judge May served as a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and of the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal, chairing numerous committees and now serving as its president.

Arthur G. Scotland receives American Inns of Court Award 09/10/2018

Art Scotland, retired Presiding Justice of California’s Third District Court of Appeal and former president of the Council,  has been selected to receive has been selected to receive the 2018 A. Sherman Christensen Award.  The Award was announced by Executive Director Malinda Dunn of The American Inns of Court and will be presented at the American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States on the evening of October 20, 2018.  Justice Scotland currently serves of counsel with the firm of  Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni, LLP in Sacramento, California, and remains active in in a host of law related activities, including the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Council of Chief Judges as a well as numerous charitable and civic activities in Sacramento and elsewhere.

Judge Robb Receives Bar Association's Civility Judge Award 07/30/2018

The Indiana State Bar Association announced  that Judge Margret Robb received its 2018 Civility Judge Award.    The award recognizes recipients for outstanding civility and professionalism in their dealings with fellow judges, attorneys, parties, witnesses, and the public.

 Robb attained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business economics from Purdue before attending Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

 Her career includes many accomplishments. In 2011, Robb became the first woman to serve as the chief judge of Indiana’s Court of Appeals in the Court's more than 100 year history.   She has acted as an officer and board member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the fellows of the Indiana State Bar Foundation, Tippecanoe County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges and the Council of Chief Judges of State Cours of Appeal.

She was first appointed to the court of Appeals in July 1998 by then-Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

Robb will officially receive the award at a luncheon on Aug. 30, 2018.

 Read more:

https://calendar.in.gov/site/courts/event/appeals-judge-margret-g-robb-receives-isba-civility-judge-award/

https://www.purdueexponent.org/city_state/article_9a002e18-9027-11e8-9dfc-dbda0dc525f9.html

Jim Humes New Administrative Presiding Justice in California 07/30/2018

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has announced her designation of Justice Jim Humes as Administrative Presiding Justice of the First Appellate District in San Francisco.  Justice Humes previously made history by becoming the first openly gay justice appointed to serve on the California Court of Appeals.

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Justice Humes to the First Appellate District in 2012. He joined the court as an associate justice in Division Four, and in 2014 was elevated to presiding justice of Division One.  In a Court of Appeal with more than one division, the Chief Justice may designate a presiding justice to act as administrative presiding justice. The administrative presiding justice supervises the court's day-to-day operations, overseeing matters that include personnel, budget, and facilities.

Justice Humes holds a law degree from the University of Denver, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Colorado, and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University.  Before joining the Court of Appeal, Justice Humes served for two years as Governor Brown's executive secretary for legal affairs, administration, and policy. Before that, Justice Humes served as the chief deputy for then-Attorney General Jerry Brown, where he managed the California Department of Justice—an agency that employed more than 5,000 people, including 1,100 attorneys. Justice Humes previously served as the chief assistant for the civil division and held management and supervisory positions in the health, education & welfare and correctional law sections of the attorney general’s office. Justice Humes began his career in public service in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office where he was first appointed to be a deputy in the regulatory law section, and later became a senior assistant attorney general in the tort litigation section. In addition to his public sector work, he also practiced law in private Colorado firms.

Read more:   

https://newsroom.courts.ca.gov/news/chief-justice-designates-jim-humes-administrative-presiding-justice-of-first-appellate-district

 

 

 

Denise Clayton Appointed Chief Judge in Kentucky 07/10/2018

Judge Denise Clayton has become the first African American to serve as the chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.  She was elected by her fellow judges in June and has assumed her new role.  Her role entails providing administrative oversight to the court while hearing cases on appeal from lower courts.     A trail blazer, Judge Clayton was appointed to the Court of Appeals in 2007 where she became the first black woman to serve on the court.   And years earlier, she was the first black woman to be a circuit court judge in Kentucky.   Judge Clayton graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio. She earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.  She began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.  She  later worked at the University of Louisville as the director of student legal services and maintained a private practice. She was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville’s associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.  Among her many awards, Judge Clayton was selected as the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Judge Award by the Kentucky Bar Association.

Mary Greenwood, California Administrative Presiding Justice 07/10/2018

Mary J. Greenwood is the recently appointed Administrative Presiding Justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal, where she has served as an associate justice since 2017. Greenwood served as a judge of the Santa Clara County Superior Court from 2012 to 2017.   Before assuming the bench, she served as a deputy and later assistant  public defender from  1982 until  2005.  In 2005,  she was appointed Santa Clara Public Defender, serving until her judicial appointment in 2012.   She was also an attorney at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP in 2001 and an associate at the Boccardo Law Firm in 1997. Justice Greenwood earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College.  

Peter Siggins Appointed Presiding Justice in California 06/29/2018

Peter J. Siggins has been appointed presiding justice, Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal. Siggins has served as an associate justice at the First District Court of Appeal since 2006. Prior to that  He served in the Governor’s Office as Legal Affairs Secretary and interim Chief of Staff, and before that, as California’s Chief Deputy Attorney General.  He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University and was in private practice before entering government service with the Attorney General’s Office.

Joan Bernard Armstrong, First Female Elected Louisiana Judge Passes 06/19/2018

When Judge Armstrong was elected to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court bench in 1974, she was the first female and first African-American woman elected judge in the state. She later served as chief judge of the state's Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.  Judge Armstrong died in New Orleans on June 9, 2018.    In 2011, Judge Armstrong announced her retirement from the bench after 37 years, which made her the longest-serving judge in Louisiana at the time.  A graduate of Xavier University and Loyola University Law School, she was elected without opposition to the appeals court in 1984, as that court's first female jurist. She became chief judge in 2003.

During her tenure on the bench, Judge Armstrong was chairman of the Louisiana Conference of Court of Appeal Judges from 2004 to 2005 and was also a member of the Judiciary Budgetary Board; Judicial Ethics Committee; Judicial Human Resources Committee; Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Criminal Justice.

Read More:

https://www.wwltv.com/article/news/local/joan-bernard-armstrong-first-woman-elected-judge-in-la-dies/289-564149904

https://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2018/06/joan_bernard_armstrong_dead.html

Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer Mulls Wisconsin Supreme Court 06/19/2018