Governor Brown Appoints Four Justices to the Second District Court of Appeal

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Associate Justice Frances Rothschild as presiding justice, Division One, Brian M. Hoffstadt to Division Two, Lee S. Edmon as presiding justice, Division Three and Judge Audrey B. Collins to Division Four of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Rothschild, 73, of Los Angeles, has served as associate justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division One since 2005. She served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 1978 to 2005 and at the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1975 to 1978. Rothschild was of counsel at Bodle Fogel Julber Reinhardt and Rothschild from 1972 to 1975, where she was an associate attorney from 1967 to 1968. She was an attorney at the California State University and Colleges Office of General Counsel from 1968 to 1972. Rothschild earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Rothschild fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Robert M. Mallano. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. Rothschild is a Democrat.

Hoffstadt, 43, of Los Angeles, has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2010. He was a partner at Jones Day from 2007 to 2010 and served as an assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 2000 to 2007. Hoffstadt served as senior counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Policy Development from 1998 to 2000 and at the Federal Communications Commission, Office of General Counsel from 1997 to 1998. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor at the U.S. Supreme Court from 1996 to 1997 and for the Honorable Cynthia H. Hall at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 1995 to 1996. Hoffstadt earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Hoffstadt fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Kathyrn D. Todd. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. Hoffstadt is a Democrat.

Edmon, 58, of Los Angeles, has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2000 and was the first female presiding judge of the court from 2011 to 2012. Edmon was partner at Dewey Ballantine LLP from 1990 to 2000, where she was an associate from 1987 to 1990. She was an associate at Adams Duque and Hazeltine from 1981 to 1987. Edmon was president of the Los Angeles County Bar Association from 1998 to 1999. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois, College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bob Jones University.

Effective January 5, 2015, Edmon will fill the vacancy to be created by the retirement of Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. Edmon is a Democrat.

Collins, 69, of Los Angeles, has served as chief judge at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California since 1994, where she served as chief judge from 2009 to 2012. She served as an assistant district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office from 1992 to 1994, where she was deputy district attorney from 1978 to 1992. Collins was a staff attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles from 1977 to 1978. Collins earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, a Master of Public Administration degree from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University.

She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Steven Suzukawa. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Joan Dempsey Klein. Collins is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $207,463.

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