McGeorge School of Law

McGeorge Alumni Win Superior Court Judgeships

July 20, 2018

Four McGeorge alumni won election to the Superior Court of California in the June 2018 California primary election.

Carrie Stephens '90 amassed 71% of the vote in cruising to victory in a Stanislaus County Superior Court race. The Newman native's wide-ranging legal career has included service as a public defender, assistant county counsel, and chief judge of the Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary. Steve Gizzi '02 garnered 55% of the vote in winning a judgeship on the Solano County Superior Court. A former Benicia City Council member, he is the managing partner of Gizzi Reep Foley and has served as a mediator and pro temp judge for the court. John Soldati '98 took 54% of the vote to gain elevation to the San Joaquin County bench. A current court commissioner, he brings a background as both a former prosecutor and private attorney to his new post. Longtime Crescent City attorney Robert Cochran '75 was opposed in his bid for a judgeship in Del Norte County.

Eric Heryford '09, was appointed to the Trinity County Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown. He had served as the county's District Attorney since 2014. Earlier in the year, the governor named Jody Burgess, '02, to the Shasta County Superior Court bench. Burgess was a partner at Burgess & Burgess in Redding where his practice focused on real property and civil litigation.

Also in June, McGeorge professor Emily S. Garcia Uhrig was appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court by Gov. Edmund Brown. Garcia Uhrig has been a professor at McGeorge since 2006. She was a staff attorney for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2006 and a deputy federal public defender in California's Central District from 1997 to 2001. Her last day at McGeorge was July 1.