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June 5, 2018 > Governor Brown Appoints Judges

Governor Brown Appoints Judges

Submitted By Governor?s Press Office

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced on June 1, 2018 the appointment of 21 California superior court judges, including two in Alameda County. Also, two judges were appointed to District Court of Appeals, one of which was to the Sixth District.


ALAMEDA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT

Richard L. Seabolt, 68, of Piedmont, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Seabolt has been a partner at Duane Morris LLP since 2006. He was a partner at Hancock, Rothert and Bunshoft from 1982 to 2005, where he was an associate from 1975 to 1981. Seabolt earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alice Vilardi. Seabolt is a Democrat.

Jenna M. Whitman, 45, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Whitman has served as a court appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal since 2017. She served as a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2007 to 2017. Whitman was an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein LLP from 2005 to 2007 and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin from 2001 to 2004. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr. Whitman is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $200,042.



SIXTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

Allison M. Danner, 47, of Palo Alto, has been appointed associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal. Danner has served as a judge at the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 2012. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney?s Office, Northern District of California from 2007 to 2012, taking a leave to serve as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010. Danner was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006 and a professor at Vanderbilt Law School from 2001 to 2007. She served as a law clerk for the Honorable John Paul Stevens at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1998 to 1999 and as a law clerk for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 1997 to 1998. Danner earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Justice Mary J. Greenwood to presiding justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Presiding Justice Mary J. Greenwood. Danner is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $228,918.

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