McGeorge School of Law

Governor Appoints Four Alumni To Judgeships

December 9, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of 19 new Superior Court judges on December 6, 2010, including three McGeorge alumni, less than a week after naming another alumnus to the bench.

Valli Israels, '94, a Modesto native, was named to the Stanislaus County Superior Court. She has been a San Joaquin County deputy district attorney since 1995, most recently prosecuting special circumstance capital murder cases. Her husband is Modesto attorney Andrew Mendlin, '95.

David Mathias, '94, was named to the Tulare County Superior Court. A Visalia sole attorney whose practice focuses on civil litigation, bankruptcy and agricultural law, he began his career as legal counsel to Cardinal Health, a major national pharmaceutical company.

W. Stephen Scott, '76, was named to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. A prominent Stockton attorney, he has been a partner in the firm that evolved into Scott & Nichols since 1982 after beginning his career with Memering, Demers & Stumbos. Scott fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Harrington, '74.

On December 2, B. Scott Thomsen, '88, was elevated from commissioner to judge on the Nevada County Superior Court. A former partner with Thomsen & Keating then a sole practitioner from 1998 to 2005, he has served as a commissioner for the Nevada and Sierra County Superior Courts for the past five years.

In addition, the governor named long-time adjunct professor Donald Currier, who has taught Criminal Pre-Trial Litigation for many years, and former U.S. Attorney and adjunct professor Paul Seave to the Sacramento Superior Court on December 3.