SAN DIEGO—Three thirty-minute public hearings have been scheduled by the Commission on Judicial Appointments for Thursday, February 9, 2017, beginning at 10:00 a.m., in the courtroom of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One, Symphony Towers, 750 B Street, Suite 300, San Diego, California, to consider the following appointments by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.:

10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Judge William S. Dato

Judge William S. Dato as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 1 (San Diego)

 

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Senior Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez

10:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Judge Richard T. Fields

Judge Richard T. Fields as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division 2 (Riverside)

 

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Senior Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Judge Kathleen A. Meehan

Judge Kathleen A. Meehan as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fifth Appellate District (Fresno)

 

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Administrative Presiding Justice Brad R. Hill

The state Constitution specifies that a gubernatorial nomination or appointment to the Supreme Court or a Court of Appeal is “effective when confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.”

Appointee Summary Biographies

Judge Dato would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice James A. McIntyre. He has served as a Judge at the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego since 2003. He was previously an associate, and then a partner, at Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes and Lerach LLP for 11 years, a senior research attorney at the Fourth District for 10 years, and a research attorney at the California Supreme Court for a year. He is a graduate of San Diego State University and UCLA School of Law.

Judge Fields would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Jeffrey King. He has served as a Judge at the Superior Court of California, County of Riverside since 2000, and was the presiding judge in Riverside from 2007 to 2008. He was previously a Riverside Superior Court commissioner, a deputy public defender, and an attorney at the Law Offices of Reynolds, Bawden and Lawson. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Western State University College of Law, with a master of laws degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Judge Meehan would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Dennis A. Cornell. She has served as a Judge at the Superior Court of California, County of Fresno since 2014 and as a Fresno Court commissioner from 2011 to 2014. She was a deputy state attorney general from 2008 to 2011 and was a shareholder at Baker, Manock and Jensen from 1997 to 2007, after having been an associate there from 1994 to 1997. She was previously an associate at three different firms, and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of California and UC Davis School of Law.

Testimony and Comment

Persons who wish to testify or comment on the appointments must submit their information for receipt by the commission no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017.

Anyone wishing to testify before the commission must state that request in writing and include a summary of the facts on which any testimony or opinion will be based.

The commission’s address is:
Commission on Judicial Appointments
c/o Chief Justice of California
Supreme Court of California
350 McAllister Street
San Francisco, California 94102
Attention: Secretary to the Commission

Commission on Judicial Appointments

Any candidate nominated or appointed by the Governor to the Supreme Court or a Court of Appeal must be reviewed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The commission holds a public hearing to consider the candidate’s qualifications, and the nomination or appointment is effective if and when confirmed by the commission. When a Court of Appeal candidate is being reviewed, the commission consists of the Chief Justice of California, the Attorney General of California, and the Senior Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal of the affected district. When a Supreme Court candidate is being reviewed, the third member of the commission is the Presiding Justice who has presided longest on any Court of Appeal.

The guidelines for the Commission are published as an appendix to the California Rules of Court and are available on the California Courts website.