California's Brown Appoints 34 Superior Court Judges, Including 3 from Pasadena, 1 from Altadena

Published : Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 6:24 PM

California Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday announced the appointment of 34 new judges to state superior courts – including three attorneys from Pasadena, and a court counsel from Altadena.

The new appointees reflect the state’s racial and ethnic diversity with those appointed coming from a field of prosecutors, defenders, court commissioners and lawyers in private practice. The judgeships pay $200,042 a year.

Appointed were Rashida A. Adams, 39, of Pasadena (judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court), Wesley L. Hsu, 46, of Pasadena (judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court), Kerry L. White, 60, of Pasadena (judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court) and Brett Bianco, 49, of Altadena (judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court).

Adams has served as a senior appellate court attorney at the Second District Court of Appeal since 2009, where she was an appellate court attorney from 2008 to 2009. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on June 9, 2016. Adams is a Democrat.

She was also an associate at Caldwell Leslie and Proctor PC from 2005 to 2007 and at Bernabei and Katz PLLC from 2002 to 2005. Adams earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

Hsu has served as Deputy U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California since 2017, where he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2000 to 2017. He was also an associate at Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher LLP from 1997 to 2000 and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Mariana R. Pfaelzer at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1996 to 1997.

Hsu earned his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on June 9, 2016.

A Democrat, White has served as a head deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 2003, where he was a deputy district attorney from 1984 to 2003. He also served as chief prosecutor at the Pasadena City Prosecutor’s Office in 2001.

White earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, San Diego. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joanne B. O’Donnell.

Meanwhile, Bianco, who is also a Democrat, served as court counsel at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2001. He was senior associate at Green de Bortnowsky and Quintanilla from 2000 to 2001 and a deputy district attorney at the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office from 1993 to 2000.

Bianco earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Utah. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on June 9, 2016.

 

 

 

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