November 30, 2010
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named Andrea Hoch, '84, to the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, on November 23, 2010. The governor also named Sacramento Superior Court Judge Elena Duarte, an adjunct professor at McGeorge, to the Court of Appeal. Duarte co-taught Trial Advocacy for both semesters last year at the law school. She served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Central District of California from 1994 until joining the bench in 2007, and spent two years before that as a trial attorney for the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.
Hoch has served as the Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary since 2005, and was previously the administrative director for the Division of Workers' Compensation. She began her legal career as an attorney with Swerdlow & Florence then practiced with Swanson & Dowdall before beginning public service as board counsel for the Agricultural Labor Relations Board. Hoch worked for the Office of the Attorney General from 1992 to 2004, and as a legal advisor for the Public Employment Relations Board from 1988 to 1992.
Hoch, who also holds a B.A. from Stanford University, will fill the vacancy that will be created by the retirement of Justice Rick Sims on the Sacramento-based court. A public hearing on her nomination will be held before the Commission on Judicial Appointments on December 10 in San Francisco.
When confirmed, Hoch will join the Court of Appeal just as Justice Art Scotland, '74, the presiding justice of the Third District, is retiring after more than 20 years on the appellate bench. There are six other current alumni members of the Court of Appeal: Gene Gomes, '72, and Bert Levy, '77, Fifth District; Jeffrey King, '76, Fourth District; Ron Robie, '67, Third District; and Frank Y. Jackson, '73, Second District. Judge Connie Callahan, '74, of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals, and retired U.S. Magistrate Judge William Wunderlich ,'72, each served on the state appellate court before becoming members of the federal judiciary.