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January 9, 2018 > Governor?s new appointees to local courts

Governor?s new appointees to local courts

Submitted By the Governor?s Press Office

Governor Brown Jr. recently announced the appointment of 33 California Superior Court judges, among them new judges for Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara Counties. The Governor also appointed a new Sixth District Court of Appeal Associate Justice.

Alameda County
Victor A. Rodriguez, 42, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Rodriguez has served as supervising staff attorney for the Honorable Mariano-Florentino Cu‚llar at the California Supreme Court since 2015, where he served as judicial staff attorney for the Honorable Carlos R. Moreno, Goodwin H. Liu and Carol A. Corrigan from 2006 to 2015. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Consuelo B. Marshall at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 2005 to 2006. Rodriguez was a Skadden fellow at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund from 2003 to 2005. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, a Master of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. Effective January 26, 2018, Rodriguez will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Keith H. Fudenna. Rodriguez is a Democrat.

Santa Clara County
Robert B. Hawk, 59, of Palo Alto, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Hawk has been a partner at Hogan Lovells U.S. LLP since 2008. He was a shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP from 1990 to 2008, where he was an associate from 1984 to 1990. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Hawk fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Teresa Guerrero-Daley. He is a Democrat.

Amber S. Rosen, 50, of Los Altos, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Rosen has served as deputy chief of the San Jose Office of the U.S. Attorney?s Office, Northern District of California since 2011, where she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 1995. She served as an attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division from 1992 to 1995. Rosen earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University. Effective January 31, 2018, Rosen will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Philip H. Pennypacker. She is a Democrat.


Sixth District Court of Appeal (Santa Clara, San Benito, Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties)
Mary J. Greenwood, 60, of Menlo Park, has been appointed associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal. Greenwood has served as a judge at the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 2012. She served as public defender of Santa Clara County from 2005 to 2012 and was an assistant public defender and supervising attorney in the Santa Clara County Alternate Defender?s Office from 2002 to 2005. Greenwood was an attorney at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP in 2001 and an associate at the Boccardo Law Firm in 1997. She served as an assistant public defender at the Santa Clara County Public Defender?s Office from 1994 to 2001, where she was a deputy public defender from 1982 to 1994. 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. She fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Miguel Marquez. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Senior Presiding Justice Franklin D. Elia. Greenwood is a Democrat.

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