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LOCAL JUDGES TAKE BULL BY THE HORNS ON MEXICO TRIP When San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne Bouliane headed south of the border earlier this month for some continuing education, she probably wasn’t expecting to wind up mano a mano with a bull. But during the California Judges Association’s trip to Morelia, in Mexico’s Michoacan state, Bouliane found herself on a ranch, volunteering to step into the ring. The bull was on the small side, and the fight was “bloodless,” but it still got her heart pounding. “I figured with all our lawsuits [in the United States], I’d never get a chance,” Bouliane said with a laugh last week, days after she had returned. The trip, from July 2 to 10, represented a change of pace for the CJA. Previous visits to learn about foreign court systems had targeted places such as Canada and the United Kingdom. “Everything in Mexico works on a more flexible schedule,” said San Diego County Superior Court Judge Runston Maino, who’s traveled with the judges’ association to Oxford, England, before. “And they’re very open and warm.” The CJA had also never seen quite so much fanfare on its prior trips, said Executive Director Stan Bissey, adding that the organization is already planning to reprise the trip in 2007. The 67 judges and guests were invited to the governor’s home, given police escorts and honored with fireworks and a special lighting of a local cathedral, Bissey said. And they attracted a lot of attention from local reporters, who repeatedly covered their visit — and sometimes asked uncomfortable questions. “Some of the press tried to corner the judges on their opinion of the governor [Arnold Schwarzenegger],” Bissey said. “And they were like, ‘I really can’t comment on that.’” — Pam Smith SANTA CLARA PD HONORED Santa Clara County’s new public defender, Mary Greenwood, was the toast of last week’s minority bars and summer associates mixer at Palo Alto’s Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman office. Greenwood, 48, is the county’s first female PD and only the fourth female PD in the state, according to Santa Clara County Bar Association President-Elect Christopher Arriola, who introduced Greenwood. County supervisors recently lifted the PD’s hiring freeze, and Greenwood took the opportunity at the July 14 mixer to tout her office and encourage summer associates to consider applying for one of the three open spots she is currently interviewing for. Over the last three years, the office has lost 12 lawyers. While Greenwood won’t be able to fill all those empty positions, she said she’ll take what she can get. “We are hiring the best and the brightest,” she told the crowd of admirers gathered inside one of Pillsbury Winthrop’s wooden conference rooms. After all, Greenwood added with a slight laugh, Michael Jackson can’t be the only person who “gets a top-flight defense in California.” Greenwood, who officially took the job July 1, is still interviewing candidates to head the Santa Clara County Alternate Defender Office. Greenwood will hold an all-day retreat with her top administrators today and said she hopes to announce a new ADO chief by the end of the week. “I am having a great time being the public defender. I’m just loving it,” Greenwood said to applause. — Julie O’Shea

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