Governor Jerry Brown Appoints 21 New Superior Court Judges, 5 From Pasadena Area

Published : Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 5:43 AM

From Left to Right; William A. Crowfoot; Michelle C. Kim; Terrance T. Lewis; Jean M. Nelson; Stephanie E. Thornton-Harris

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed 21 California superior court judges, among them two Pasadena residents, two Altadena resident, and one who resides in South Pasadena.

At the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Brown’s office announced the appointment of William A. Crowfoot, 61, of Pasadena, who shall fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Anne H. Egerton to the Court of Appeal. Crowfoot has been an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California since 2003. He was a member of the Pasadena City Council from 1993 to 2001 and a senior associate at Paul Hastings LLP from 1997 to 2001, where he was an associate and of counsel from 1987 to 1995. He is a Democrat.

Michelle C. Kim, 44, of South Pasadena, has been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on June 26, 2017. Kim has been a deputy alternate public defender at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2005, and a deputy public defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2003 to 2005. She is a Democrat.

Terrance T. Lewis, 60, of Altadena, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Karen J. Nudell. Lewis has been a commissioner at Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2014, and was a deputy public defender at Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1988 to 2014. He is a Democrat.

Jean M. Nelson, 54, of Altadena, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lesley C. Green. Nelson has been a partner at Scheper Kim and Harris LLP since 2008, and was an assistant U.S. attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 1995 to 2006. She is a Democrat.

At the San Bernardino County Superior Court, another Pasadena resident, Stephanie E. Thornton-Harris, 54, was appointed to fill a new position created on Sept. 18, 2017. She has been a deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Central District of California since 2012. She was a bench officer at San Bernardino County Superior Court from 2007 to 2011, where she was a juvenile hearing officer from 1999 to 2001. Thornton-Harris is a Democrat.

The other new superior court appointments include six others for Los Angeles County, two in Alameda County, one in Humboldt County, one in Inyo County, one in Kern County, one in Riverside County, one in San Diego County, one in Solano County, one in Trinity County and one in Tulare County, the announcement said.

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