SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Mark K. Hanasono, Daniel Juarez, Shelley L. Kaufman and Dorothy C. Kim to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Hanasono, 39, of Los Angeles, has served as a deputy alternate public defender in the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2004. He served as a deputy public defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2004 and was a law clerk for the Honorable Stephanie Duncan-Peters at the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1999 to 2000. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephanie Sautner. Hanasono is a Democrat.
Juarez, 47, of Rancho Palos Verdes, has served as an administrative law judge at the California Office of Administrative Hearings since 2005. He was associate managing attorney at Protection and Advocacy Inc. from 1995 to 2005 and a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 1992 to 1995. Juarez earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees in political science and Spanish literature from the University of California, Irvine. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joseph F. De Vanon Jr. Juarez is registered decline-to-state.
Kaufman, 56, of West Hollywood, has been an attorney at Geragos and Geragos since 1997. She was an attorney in private practice from 1989 to 1996 and an attorney at Karp and Mooney from 1986 to 1988. Kaufman was an attorney at Levy Ansell and Goldman from 1984 to 1985, at the Burbank Studios from 1983 to 1985 and at the Law Offices of Edwin K. Marzec from 1981 to 1983. Kaufman earned a Juris Doctor degree from Southwestern Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pitzer College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Philip H. Hickok. Kaufman is a Democrat.
Kim, 41, of Los Angeles, has been deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California Criminal Division since 2010, where she has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001. Kim was a litigation associate at Irell and Manella LLP from 2000 to 2001 and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Norman H. Stahl at the U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit. Kim earned a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Linda K. Lefkowitz. Kim is a Democrat.
The compensation for each of these positions is $181, 292.