Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. Friday 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 Governor Brown appointed 161 judges, including 71 in 2013. Women accounted for about 41% of the applicant pool and 45% of Governor Brown’s judicial appointees in 2013. Approximately 40% of Governor 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.
Governor 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.
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