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UC Davis alums appointed to the bench

By From page A4 | August 03, 2014

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Jennifer Rockwell of Davis. Courtesy photo

Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed two UC Davis graduates to the California bench.

Jennifer K. Rockwell, 43, of Davis, was appointed to a judgeship in the Sacramento Superior Court. She has served as chief counsel at the California Department of Finance since 2008 and was as a deputy attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 1999 to 2008.

Prior to that, she served as staff counsel at the California State Treasurer’s Office from 1996 to 1999 and was an executive fellow with the Center for California Studies at Sacramento State from 1995 to 1996.

Rockwell earned her juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UCD. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Troy L. Nunley.

Rockwell is registered without party preference. The annual compensation for this position is $184,610.

Brown also has nominated Jonathan K. Renner for associate justice of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Renner, 44, of Sacramento, has served as legal affairs secretary in the governor’s office since 2011. He served as senior assistant attorney general at the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General from 2009 to 2010, where he was supervising deputy attorney general from 2006 to 2009 and deputy attorney general from 2000 to 2006.

Renner was an associate attorney at Kronick, Moskovitz, Tiedemann and Girard from 1998 to 2000 and at Porter, Scott, Weiberg and Delehant from 1997 to 1998. He earned his juris doctor degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and  his bachelor’s degree from UCD,

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 Presiding Justice Vance W. Raye.

If confirmed, Renner will begin his term on Jan. 5, and will fill the vacancy created by the elevation of Cantil-Sakauye to the California Supreme Court.

Renner is a Democrat. The annual compensation for this position is $211,260.

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