Governor Brown Appoints Four to San Diego County Superior Court

Sacramento, California - Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Matthew C. Braner, Enrique E. CamarenaSelena D. Epley and Daniel F. Link to judgeships in the San Diego County Superior Court.

Braner, 55, of San Diego, has served as supervisor at the San Diego County Primary Public Defender’s Office, Writs and Appeals Unit since 2009, where he has served as a deputy public defender since 1998. Braner served as a felony trial deputy at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office from 1992 to 1998, where he was a misdemeanor and felony trial deputy from 1989 to 1992. He served as a trial deputy at the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office from 1988 to 1989 and was an associate at the Law Offices of Christopher F. Emley from 1985 to 1987. Braner earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard G. Cline. Braner is a Democrat.

Camarena, 40, of Chula Vista, has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California, Gould School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College. Camarena fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John S. Einhorn. Camarena is a Republican.

Epley, 46, of Chula Vista, has served as assistant supervising attorney for a central felony team at the San Diego County Primary Public Defender’s Office since 2012, where she has served in several positions since 1995, including deputy public defender and training director at the South Bay Branch Office. She was a law clerk at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office in 1995. Epley earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Washington. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William H. McAdam. Epley is a Democrat.

Link, 38, of San Diego, has served as a deputy district attorney at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office since 2001, where he was a law clerk from 2000 to 2001. Link was president of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2011. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard E. Mills. Link is a Democrat.   

The compensation for each of these positions is $181, 292.

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