[Updated 6/29/18 to add two additional Commission Hearings]

SAN FRANCISCO—Five public hearings have been scheduled by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, for July 26 in San Francisco and July 30 in Los Angeles, to consider the following appointments by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.:

On July 26 starting at 1 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, 350 McAllister Street in San Francisco:

 

1-1:30

Justice Peter Siggins, as Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Division Three (San Francisco)

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline

Justice Peter Siggins

 

1:45-2:15

Judge Allison Danner, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District (San Jose)

 

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Administrative Presiding Justice Mary J. Greenwood

Judge Allison Danner  
2:30-3:00

Judge Thomas DeSantos, 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 

Judge Thomas DeSantos

 

3:15-3:45

Judge Mark W. Snauffer, 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

On July 30 starting at 3 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, Ronald Reagan State Office Building, 300 South Spring Street, Third Floor, North Tower in Los Angeles:

3-3:30

Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven (Los Angeles)

 

Commission members: Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye (Chair), Attorney General Xavier Becerra, and Presiding Justice Arthur Gilbert

Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer
 

The hearings will be webcast live here.

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.”

The commission consists of the Chief Justice of California, the Attorney General of California, and the Presiding Justice of the Court of Appeal of the affected district or, if there are two or more Presiding Justices, the one who has presided longest or, for a nomination or appointment to the Supreme Court, the Presiding Justice who has presided the longest on any Court of Appeal.

Appointee Summary Biographies

Justice Peter Siggins would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Presiding Justice William R. McGuiness. Siggins has served as an associate justice at the First District Court of Appeal since 2006. He served in several positions in the Office of the Governor from 2003 to 2005, including legal affairs secretary and interim chief of staff. Siggins served in several positions at the California Attorney General’s Office from 1988 to 2003, including senior assistant attorney general and chief deputy attorney general. Siggins was a sole practitioner from 1983 to 1988 and an associate at Acret and Perrochet from 1979 to 1982. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola Marymount University.

Judge Allison Danner would fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Justice Mary J. Greenwood to Administrative Presiding Justice. Danner has served as a judge at the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 2012. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California from 2007 to 2012, taking a leave to serve as an attorney-adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2009 to 2010. Danner was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law in 2006 and a professor at Vanderbilt Law School from 2001 to 2007. She served as a law clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1998 to 1999 and as a law clerk for the Justice John T. Noonan, Jr. at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 1997 to 1998. Danner earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.

Judge Thomas DeSantos would fill the vacancy created by the death of Justice Gene M. Gomes. DeSantos has served as a judge at the Kings County Superior Court since 2003. He was a sole practitioner from 1993 to 2003 and from 1984 to 1989. DeSantos was a partner at Farley, DeSantos et. al., from 1989 to 1993, and an associate at Kahn, Soares, and Conway from 1981 to 1983. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University.

Judge Mark Snauffer would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Stephen J. Kane. Snauffer has served as a judge at the Fresno County Superior Court since 2000. He was a partner at Baker, Manock, and Jensen from 1982 to 2000, an associate at Hefner, Stark, and Marois from 1980 to 1982, and an associate at McCormick, Barstow, Sheppard, Wayte, and Carruth from 1977 to 1980. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Judge Gail Ruderman Feuer would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Norvell F. Woods. Feuer has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2005. She was a senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council from 1993 to 2005 and served as a deputy attorney general at the California Attorney General’s Office from 1987 to 1993. Feuer was an associate at O’Donnell and Gordon from 1985 to 1987. Feuer served as a law clerk for Judge A. Wallace Tashima at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1984 to 1985. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany.

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 p.m. on July 19 for the San Francisco hearing and 5 p.m. on July 23 for the Los Angeles hearing.

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

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