Six Judges Appointed to L.A. Superior Bench

      LOS ANGELES (CN) – Six judges, four of them women, have been appointed to Los Angeles Superior Court: Nicole Bershon, Beverly Bourne, Rupa Goswami, Curtis Kin, Lloyd Loomis and Teresa T. Sullivan.
     Nicol C. Bershon, 45, of Los Angeles has been a commissioner at Los Angeles Superior Court since 2011. She worked in Los Angeles Police Department Office of the Inspector General from 2002 to 2011, including as inspector general and assistant inspector general. She was a deputy city attorney from 1995 to 2002 and an associate at Irell and Manella from 1994 to 1995 and at Sutman Treister and Glatt from 1992 to 1994. She earned her J.D. from UCLA and her bachelor’s degree from Princeton. She fills a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position in December 2012. She is registered decline-to-state.
     Beverly L. Bourne, 54, of Altadena, has been a deputy alternate public defender, senior trial attorney at the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2004. She worked at the L.A. County Public Defender’s Office from 1995 to 2004, including as deputy public defender and paralegal. She earned her J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from USC. She too fills a vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position. Bourne is a Democrat.
     Rupa S. Goswami, 46, of South Pasadena, has worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California since 2001, including as deputy chief of the general crime section and the domestic security and immigration crime section, as assistant U.S. attorney in the cyber crime section, the terrorism and organized crime section and the general crime section. She was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School in 2011. She was a litigation associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom in 1998 and is co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. She earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, where she also received her bachelor’s degree. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary E. Daigh. Goswami is a Democrat. She is the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California.
     Curtis A. Kin, 41, of Los Angeles, has been chief of appeals at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District since 2012, where he worked as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2000. He has been an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Law School since 2003 and was an adjunct professor at the USC Gould School of Law in 2004. Kin was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Sonia Sotomayor at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit from 1999 to 2000 and an associate attorney at Cravath Swaine and Moore from 1997 to 1999. He earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his bachelor’s degree from USC. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lyle M. MacKenzie. Kin is a Republican.
     Lloyd C. Loomis, 66, of San Mateo, has been a commissioner at Los Angeles Superior Court since 2009. He was a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard and Smith from 2006 to 2009 and at Sonnerschein Nath and Rosenthall from 2001 to 2006. Loomis was senior corporate labor counsel at Arco from 1980 to 1999, an associate at Pepper Hamilton and Scheetz from 1978 to 1980 and an attorney at Caterpillar Inc. from 1976 to 1978. He was an associate at Gage and Tucker from 1972 to 1976 and a labor relations representative at General Motors Fairfax Assembly Plant from 1968 to 1971. Loomis earned his J.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from Columbia University. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position. Loomis is registered decline-to-state.
     Teresa T. Sullivan, 48, of Altadena, has been a deputy district attorney at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1999. She was a trial attorney at the Law Office of Jo Kaplan from 1997 to 1999. She earned her J.D. Loyola Law School and her bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles D. Sheldon. Sullivan is a Democrat.
     The jobs pay $178,789 a year.
     Gov. Jerry Brown announced the appointments on Friday.

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