August 4, 2014
Governor Jerry Brown named Jonathan Renner, '96, to the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, on July 25, 2014. The 44-year-old Renner has served as Brown's legal affairs secretary for the past four years.
Renner began his career in private practice with two prominent Sacramento law firms, Porter Scott, and later Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann & Girard. When confirmed by the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, he will take the bench in January. Renner will fill the long-vacant chair created by the elevation of Tani Cantil-Sakauye to chief justice of the Supreme Court of California in early 2011.
Renner follows in the footsteps of Andrea Hoch, '84, who was named to the appellate bench in 2010 after serving as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary. He will join Hoch and long-time McGeorge adjunct professor Ronald Robie, '67, on the Third District panel.
McGeorge also has four other current members of the 95-member state intermediate courts: Kenneth Yegan, '72, Second District; Jeffrey King, '76, Fourth District; and Gene Gomes, '72, and Bert Levy, '77, Fifth District. Previous alumni state justices include: Judge Connie Callahan, '74, of the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals; recent retiree Frank Y. Jackson; '73, former Third District presiding justice Art Scotland, '74; and William Wunderlich, '72.