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Judge Verna A. Adams, appointed to the bench in 1999, earned her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College and law degree from Stanford University.

Judge Terrence R. Boren, appointed to the bench in 1995, earned his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and law degree from Hastings College of Law.

Judge Roy O. Chernus, elected to the bench in 2010 with his term starting in 2011, earned his bachelor's degree from George Washington University and law degree from New York Law School. He served as a Court Commissioner from 2005 until his judicial term commenced in 2011.

Judge James T. Chou, appointed to the bench in 2010, earned his bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from University of California at Davis.

Judge Faye D'Opal, elected to the bench in 2004, with her term starting January 2005, earned her bachelor's degree from Hendrix College in Arkansas and law degree from the New College of California, San Francisco.

Judge Paul M. Haakenson, appointed to the bench in 2006, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and his law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law.

Judge Kelly V. Simmons, appointed to the bench in 2005, earned her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and law degree from Pepperdine Law School.

Judge Andrew E. Sweet, appointed to the bench in 2009, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and his law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law.

Judge Mark A. Talamantes, appointed to the bench in 2012, earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and his law degree from Hastings College of Law.

Judge Beverly K. Wood, appointed to the bench in 2013, earned her bachelor's degree from University of California at Berkeley and law degree from University of San Francisco School of Law. She served as a Court Commissioner for eight years prior to her elevation by Governor Brown.

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Qualifications and Selection of Judges:

Each judge serving on the Bench was a practicing attorney for at least ten years before taking office. Under the law, once an attorney becomes a judge, his or her license to practice law is suspended during the term of judicial service.

There are two ways that attorneys may become judges. They may be elected by the voters in the county in which they will serve in an open election or they may be appointed by the Governor to serve out the remaining term of an incumbent judge who leaves office before the end of his or her term. Judicial vacancies to be filled by the Governor may occur in a variety of ways including retirement or death of the incumbent; appointment of the incumbent to a judicial position in another superior court, such as a court in a neighboring county; or promotion of an incumbent to a judicial position in a higher court, like the Court of Appeal or Supreme Court. Superior court judges are elected to six year terms.
 
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