Dublin lawyer one of two named to Alameda County Superior Court

Thomas Nixon, 56, filling vacancy created by retiring judge

Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed two lawyers to judgeships in the Alameda County Superior Court.

Jeffrey Brand, 70, of Berkeley and Thomas Nixon, 56, of Dublin will be filling vacancies created by retiring judges. Both are Democrats.

Nixon has been a commissioner in the court since 2002. He's previously been in private law practice and a law firm partner He earned a law degree from Santa Clara University School of


Brand earned a law degree at the UC Berkeley School of Law. Previously, he was a dean at the University of San Francisco School of Law where he's been a professor since 1986.

Officials with the governor's office said Brand has also been in private law practice, served as an administrative law judge and worked as a deputy public defender.

He co-founded and was editor-in-chief of the Federal Litigator magazine from 1985 to 1995, according to the governor's office.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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