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Gov. Gray Davis has appointed three new Bay Area judges, two of them affiliated with the La Raza Lawyers Association. The governor named Aaron Persky and Carrie Zepeda to the Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday, and Thursday nominated Suzanne Ramos to the San Francisco Superior Court. According to California La Raza Lawyers, the appointments of the two women raise to 40 the number of Hispanics Davis has appointed to the courts. In addition, the group said, Ramos will be the first Hispanic woman to sit on the San Francisco bench in the court’s 153-year history. Ramos, 39, of San Francisco, currently works in the U.S. attorney’s office representing the government in defending civil lawsuits and prosecuting federal crimes. A member of the board of directors of the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association, she began her career in 1989 litigating civil rights cases for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund in San Francisco. Ramos got a bachelor of arts degree from UC-Berkeley and her law degree from Yale Law School. She will replace retired Judge Alfred Chiantelli. Zepeda, 40, of Woodside, began a solo practice earlier this month after 11 years with the Santa Clara County counsel’s office. A member of the La Raza Lawyers Association, she spent her years in the county counsel’s office handling child dependency cases and defending personal injury and employment cases. Zepeda received a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University and her law degree from Hastings College of the Law. She will replace retired Judge Daniel Creed. Persky, 41, of Santa Clara, prosecutes juvenile offenders for the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. Since joining the office in 1997, he has prosecuted a range of misdemeanor and felony offenses, served in the hate crimes unit and handled sexually violent predator cases. He ran for election to an open seat on the bench last year, but lost to Ron Del Pozzo, a fellow prosecutor. A former civil litigator with Morrison & Foerster, Persky has won awards for his work on hate crimes and for his pro bono services for low-income clients. He got his bachelor and master of arts degrees from Stanford University and his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law. He will replace Conrad Rushing, who was elevated to San Jose’s Sixth District Court of Appeal. On Tuesday, Davis also appointed Drew Edwards, of Altadena, and Frederick Shaller, of San Marino, to the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Edwards, 44, a deputy alternate public defender, graduated from Boalt Hall, while Shaller, 50, a partner at Shaller, McMillan & Wright, is an alumnus of Loyola Law School. Also on Thursday, Davis named Sutter County Deputy District Attorney Brian Aronson to that county’s superior court. Aronson, 47, of Yuba City, graduated from McGeorge School of Law. All the judges will earn $139,784 per year.

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