Newsom appoints judges to San Mateo County Superior Court and state appeals court

BY EMILY MIBACH
Daily Post Staff Writer

Gov. Gavin Newsom has nominated two San Mateo County residents to serve as appeals court judges and appointed three to serve as superior court judges.

East Palo Alto resident Judge Charles E. Wilson II, 46, was nominated to serve as an associate justice of the Sixth District Court of Appeal in San Jose.

Wilson has been a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge since 2014. Before his 2014 appointment, he was a deputy district attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office since 2007. He worked at two San Francisco law firms, Gordon and Rees LLP, from 2003 to 2007, and Phillips Spallas and Fotouhi in 2003. Wilson will replace retired Judge Diane Northway. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Eugene M. Premo.

San Mateo resident Justice Teri L. Jackson, 64, was nominated to serve as the presiding justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Five, in San Francisco. Jackson has been on the First District Court of Appeal since 2019. Before that appointment, she was a San Francisco Superior Court Judge from 2002 to 2019. She was “of counsel” at Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe from 1997 to 2002, was an Assistant San Fransico District Attorney from 1984 to 1997 and was a San Mateo County Deputy DA from 1981 to 1984. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Barbara Jones.

Both Wilson and Jackson’s appointments will have to be reviewed and confirmed by the State Bar’s Commission on Judicial Nominees and Commission on Judicial Appointments.

Each judge’s salary will be $245,578 per year.

San Mateo County Superior Court

Newsom appointed three attorneys as judges in San Mateo County Superior Court, which has courtrooms in South San Francisco and Redwood City. Newsom’s appointments nearly fill the vacancies in San Mateo County, which has 34 bench seats.

Redwood City resident Chinhayi Cadet, 49, has been an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001. She was an Associate at Swerdlow, Florence, Sanchez & Rathbun from 1999 to 2001 and at Hillsinger & Costanzo from 1998 to 1999. Cadet earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. Cadet, a Democrat, will fill the vacancy created by Judge Mark Forum’s retirement in September 2019.

Menlo Park resident Nicole Healy, 58, was a partner at Ropers Majeski Kohn and Bently since 2013. She was “of counsel” at Bergeson LLP in 2013 and “of counsel” and associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati from 1998 to 2012. Healy served as a trial attorney in the Fraud Section at the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, from 1992 to 1998. From 1991 to 1992, she was a member of the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, during which time she served in several positions. Healy, a Democrat, will fill the vacancy caused by Judge George Miram’s retirement.

Millbrae resident Kevin Dunleavy, 58, has been a Chief Assistant District Attorney at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office since 2009. He has served many positions at the Alameda County DA’s Office since joining it in 1988. Dunleavy, a Democrat, fills the vacancy created by Judge Clifford Cretans’ retirement last year.

Each judge’s salary will be $214,601 annually.

No judges were appointed for the Santa Clara County Superior Court during Newsom’s latest round of court appointments.

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