Governor Brown Appoints Three Justices to the Second District Court of Appeal


5-22-2015

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Elwood G. Lui to Division One, Lamar W. Baker to Division Five and John L. Segal to Division Seven of the Second District Court of Appeal.

Lui, 74, of Los Angeles, has been of counsel at Jones Day since 2014, where he was a partner from 1987 to 2013. Lui served as an associate justice at the Second District Court of Appeal from 1981 to 1987 and as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court from 1980 to 1981 and at the Los Angeles Municipal Court from 1975 to 1980. He was a sole practitioner in 1975, an attorney at Mori and Katayama from 1971 to 1975 and served as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1969 to 1971. Lui earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles Graduate School of Business Administration, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lui fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Justice Frances Rothschild to presiding justice, Division One of the Second District Court of Appeal. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Paul Turner. Lui is a Republican.

Baker, 37, of Washington, D.C., served as special assistant to the President and associate counsel to the President at the White House from 2014 to 2015, where he served as associate counsel from 2013 to 2014. He served as a deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Policy in Washington, D.C. from 2012 to 2013, where he was chief of staff from 2011 to 2012 and senior counsel from 2010 to 2011. Baker served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California from 2005 to 2010 and was an associate at Strumwasser and Woocher LLP from 2002 to 2005. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2001 to 2002. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. Baker was born and raised in the San Francisco area. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Baker fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Orville A. Armstrong. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Paul Turner. Baker is a Democrat.

Segal, 54, of Los Angeles, has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2001. He was a partner at Mitchell, Silberberg and Knupp from 1995 to 2000, where he was an associate from 1988 to 1995. Segal served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert S. Vance at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit from 1987 to 1988. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.

Segal fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Frank Y. Jackson. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice Paul Turner. Segal is a Democrat.

The compensation for each of these positions is $211,260.

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