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Gov. Gray Davis appointed four attorneys with a range of backgrounds to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday. Assistant U.S. Attorney Charlaine Olmedo, UCLA School of Law professor John Shepard Wiley Jr. and civil litigators Mark Juhas and Steven Kleifield were named to the bench. Since 1994, Olmedo, 37, has worked for the U.S. attorney’s office. Most recently, she served in the Organized Crime Strike Force, where she investigated and prosecuted Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act-related charges, including drug and weapons trafficking, credit card fraud and murder. She has also been designated as a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney in order to handle state prosecutions arising from her investigations. She earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. Wiley, 49, teaches antitrust, intellectual property, evidence and criminal law at UCLA School of Law. He clerked for First Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Frank Coffin and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell Jr. Wiley took a leave of absence from UCLA to work as a prosecutor in the major frauds and crimes sections of the U.S. attorney’s office. He earned his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. Since 1979, Juhas, 47, has practiced insurance defense and represented self-insured companies while with the Los Angeles law firm of Harrington, Foxx, Dubrow & Canter. He has served frequently as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court and has been a member of the Defense Research Institute. Juhas serves on the board of directors for AIDS Project Los Angeles. He earned his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. Kleifeld, 48, a partner with the law firm of Gordon, Edelstein, Krepack, Grant, Felton & Goldstein, has represented plaintiffs in personal injury, product liability, insurance bad faith, medical malpractice, wrongful termination and discrimination cases. He is active in the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles and was a trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He earned his law degree from George Washington University National Law Center. The four judges will each earn a salary of $139,476.

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