McGeorge School of Law

Three More New Judges; Mueller Confirmed

November 23, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of three more McGeorge alumni to the Superior Court bench on December 16, 2010.

Brett Morgan, '88, was appointed to the San Joaquin County Superior Court. He has been the chief of staff for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation since 2008. He served as the chief deputy inspector general for the Office of the Inspector General from 2004 to 2008 and a deputy attorney general for the Attorney General's Office from 1999 to 2004.

Stephen Berrier, '84, was named to the Yuba County Superior Court. He has been a partner, and previously an associate, for Rich, Fuidge, Morris and Lane in Marysville since graduation from law school. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge James Curry, '75.

Warren Stracener, '85, was appointed to the El Dorado County Superior Court. He has been deputy chief counsel for the Department of Personnel Administration since 2004, where he previously served as legal counsel. He also has served as board counsel for the Public Employees Relations Board.

Earlier this month, the governor named Valli Israels, '94, to the Stanislaus County Superior Court, David Mathias, '94, in Tulare County, and W. Stephen Scott, '76, in San Joaquin County. He also elevated B. Scott Thomsen, '88, from commissioner to judge on the Nevada County Superior Court.

In other judicial news related to McGeorge, long-time adjunct professor and U.S. Magistrate Judge Kim Mueller was confirmed to a judgeship on the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, by the U.S. Senate on December 16. Judge Mueller, who has employed numerous McGeorge students as judicial externs in her magistrate chambers over the years, will be the first woman to serve on the Eastern District's bench in its history.