Governor Brown Appoints Six to Los Angeles County Superior Court


7-12-2013

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Nicole C. Bershon, Beverly L. Bourne, Rupa S. Goswami, Curtis A. Kin, Lloyd C. Loomis and Teresa T. Sullivan to judgeships in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Bershon, 45, of Los Angeles, has served as a commissioner at the Los Angeles Superior Court since 2011. She served in multiple positions at the Los Angeles Police Department, Office of the Inspector General from 2002 to 2011, including inspector general and assistant inspector general. She was a deputy city attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 2002 and was an associate at Irell and Manella from 1994 to 1995 and at Sutman Treister and Glatt from 1992 to 1994. Bershon earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on December 13, 2012. Bershon is registered decline-to-state.

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 held multiple positions at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1995 to 2004, including deputy public defender and paralegal. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Pepperdine University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. She fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on December 13, 2012. Bourne is a Democrat.

Goswami, 46, of South Pasadena, has served in multiple positions at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California since 2001, including deputy chief of the general crime section and the domestic security and immigration crime section, project safe childhood coordinator and 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. Goswami was a law clerk for the Honorable Terence T. Evans at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit from 2000 to 2001 and for the Honorable Nora M. Manella at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California from 1998 to 2000. She was a litigation associate at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom in 1998. Goswami is co-president of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Gary E. Daigh. Goswami is a Democrat. According to the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California, Goswami will be the first South Asian American woman judge ever appointed in California.

Kin, 41, of Los Angeles, has been the chief of appeals at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California since 2012, where he has served 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 University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2004. Kin was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable 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 was a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Jed S. Rakoff at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York from 1996 to 1997. Kin earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lyle M. MacKenzie. Kin is a Republican.

Loomis, 66, of Westlake Village, has served as commissioner at the 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 a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University. He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position on December 13, 2012. Loomis is registered decline-to-state.

Sullivan, 48, of Altadena, has served as 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. Sullivan earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola Law School and a Bachelor of Arts 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 compensation for each of these positions is $178,789.

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