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LITIGATOR TAPPED FOR SUPERIOR COURT SEAT SAN JOSE � Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed longtime Los Gatos civil litigator Peter Kirwan to a seat on the Santa Clara County Superior Court bench. Kirwan, a 46-year-old Republican, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Hansen. A graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law, Kirwan has practiced law for the past 20 years. Currently, he is a partner with San Jose’s Needham, Davis, Kirwan & Young, where he has been a civil litigator since 2001. Prior to that, Kirwan was a partner with Hoge, Fenton, Jones & Appel from 1994 to 2001 and an associate from 1986 to 1994. He has also served as a judge pro tem and arbitrator for Santa Clara County. Stephan Saleson was also tapped for a judgeship this week and will sit on the San Bernardino County Superior Court bench. Saleson, also a Republican, fills a vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dennis Cole. A graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law, Saleson, 56, has been a partner with Riverside’s Varner, Saleson & Brandt since 1997. The new judges will receive an annual salary of $149,160. � Julie O’Shea

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