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Governor releases 2013 judicial appointment data

Appoints 161 judges in 2013 out of 1,345 applicants

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. has released annual applicant and appointee data for the administration's judicial appointments.

From 2011 through 2013, there were 1,345 applicants for judicial appointments and Brown appointed 161 judges, including 71 in 2013.

Women accounted for about 41% of the applicant pool and 45% of Brown's judicial appointees in 2013. Approximately 40% of Brown's appointees in 2013 identified their ethnicity as American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian; Black or African-American; Hispanic; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; or Other/Unknown.

Brown's 2013 judicial appointees included a number of notable firsts, including:

Paul Lo, the first Hmong American judge ever appointed in the country;

Sunshine Sykes, the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court;

Sunil Kulkarni, the first South Asian American judge ever appointed in Northern California; and

Rupa Goswami, the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California.

This follows a number of other notable firsts in 2011 and 2012, including:

Halim Dhanidina, the first American-Muslim judge ever appointed in California;

Jim Humes, the first openly gay justice ever appointed to the California Court of Appeal;

Miguel Marquez, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal;

Rosendo Peņa, the first Latino justice ever appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal;

Chris Doehle, the first female judge ever appointed to the Del Norte County Superior Court;

Kimberly Colwell, the first openly lesbian judge ever appointed to the Alameda County Superior Court;

Mark Andrew Talamantes, the first Latino judge ever appointed to the Marin County Superior Court;

Kathleen O'Leary, the first female presiding justice ever appointed to the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division Three; and,

Raquel Marquez, the first Latina judge ever appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court.

By law, the governor is required to disclose aggregate statewide demographic data provided by all judicial applicants by March 1.

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