SAN FRANCISCO—Two thirty-minute public hearings have been scheduled by the Commission on Judicial Appointments for Thursday, January 25, 2018, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Supreme Court Courtroom, 350 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California, to consider the following appointments by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.:

 

2-2:30           

 

Judge Mary J. Greenwood, 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 Presiding Justice Franklin D. Elia

Mary J. Greenwood

 

 

2:45-3:15   

 

Judge Thomas M. Goethals, as Associate Justice of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, Division Three (Santa Ana)
 

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

Thomas M. Goethals

 

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

Judge Greenwood would fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Justice Miguel Marquez. Greenwood has served as a judge at the Santa Clara County Superior Court since 2012. She served as public defender of Santa Clara County from 2005 to 2012 and was an assistant public defender and supervising attorney in the Santa Clara County Alternate Defender’s Office from 2002 to 2005. Greenwood was an attorney at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP in 2001. She served as an assistant public defender at the Santa Clara County Public Defender’s Office from 1994 to 2001, where she was a deputy public defender (1982-1987 and 1988-1994). She was an associate at the Boccardo Law Firm in 1987. Greenwood earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College.

Judge Goethals would fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice William F. Rylaarsdam. Goethals has served as a judge at the Orange County Superior Court since 2003. He was a partner at Pohlson, Moorhead and Goethals from 1990 to 2002. Goethals served as a deputy district attorney at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office from 1985 to 1990 and from 1978 to 1984. He was an associate at Robinson and Robinson in 1984. Goethals earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Santa Clara University.

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 Thursday, January 18, 2018.

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.