June 25, 2007
No fewer than seven of the 26 new judges named by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on June 22 were McGeorge alumni. The wave of judicial appointments came in response to Senate Bill 56, which authorized additional positions on Superior Court of California.
The new judges are: John Brownlee, ’90, Kern County; Mark Curry, ’86, Placer County; Timothy Freer, ’87, Riverside County; Matthew Gary, ’89, Sacramento County (elevated from commissioner); Kristi C. Kapetan, ’88, Fresno County; Dana Simonds, ’85, Sonoma County; and Xapuri Villapudua, ’95; San Joaquin County.
Brownlee has served as supervising deputy district attorney for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office since 2003, and a deputy district attorney from 1990 to 2003. Curry has served as a deputy district attorney for the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office since 1986 where he mainly prosecutes homicide cases. Freer has served as a deputy district attorney for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office since 1989. Previously, he was a deputy district attorney for the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1989. Gary has served as a commissioner for the Sacramento County Superior Court since 2002. Previously, he was an associate with Gary, Till & Burlingham from 1989 to 2002. Kapetan has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fresno since 2003. Previously, she served as a staff attorney for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District from 2001 to 2003 and as an associate and partner with Sagaser, Franson & Jones from 1996 to 2001. Simonds has served as an attorney with Shapiro, Galvin, Shapiro, Piasta & Moran since 1996. Previously, she was an attorney with O’Brien, Watters, Davis, Malisch & Piasta. Villapudua has served as a deputy district attorney for the San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office since 1995 where she currently is a supervisor in the child abuse sexual assault unit.
The newest appointments push McGeorge’s all-time total of judges, justices, commissioners, referees and administrative law judges over the 300 mark.