Brown Appoints API Superior Court Judges

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Dec. 7 announced the appointment of 13 California superior court judges in eight counties, including the following:


Lee was an ethics trainer for San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison from 2009 to 2012; of counsel and a consultant at Gonzalez and Leigh (2006-2012); an associate at Keker and Van Nest (2002-2005); a law clerk for Judge Warren J. Ferguson at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (2001-2002); an associate at Thelen Reid and Priest (2000-2001); and a law clerk for Judge Jerome Turner at the U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee (1999-2000).

She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College. She fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Alison M. Tucher to the Court of Appeal. She is the first Korean American judge ever appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court. Lee is a Democrat.


Coen earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Oct. 25. Coen is registered without party preference.


Hwang earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on Oct. 25. Hwang is a Democrat.


Dhillon served as chief counsel for the California Gambling Control Commission (2009-2013); general counsel for the California Emergency Management Agency (2007-2009); director of academic support at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2005-2007); an associate at Booz Allen Hamilton (2004-2005); and an associate and shareholder at Schuering Zimmerman and Doyle LLP (2002-2004). Dhillon earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Laws degree in intellectual property law from the University of Houston Law Center.

He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Raymond M. Cadei. Dhillon plans to continue serving in his current position in the Governor’s Office until the end of the administration. He is the first Sikh judge ever appointed to the Sacramento County Superior Court. Dhillon is registered without party preference.

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