Gov. Brown appoints two gay judges

by Ana Ceballos

Gov. Jerry Brown recently appointed two gay judges this week. Brown first selected Paula Rosenstein for San Diego County Superior Court and then made history by appointing Jim Humes, the first openly gay justice in the state’s history.

Rosenstein, a prominent lesbian attorney, will replace retired Linda Quinn. She will fill the vacant spot with more than 25 years of legal experience.

With a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, San Diego and a law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law, Rosenstein will be the first lesbian appointed to serve in San Diego County’s Superior Court.

“In addition to her success as a litigator, Paula has been a leader on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women’s communities,” Assemblywoman Toni Atkins said about her colleague. “These experiences have given Paula a rich understanding of the many factors that influence one’s life experience and how they may lead one into the legal system.”

Brown also made history by appointing Humes, a 53-year-old lawyer from San Francisco, who will serve as an associate justice of the First District Court of Appeals, Division Four.

Humes has been working with Brown since 2011 as the executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy. He also served in multiple positions in the California Department of Justice from 1993 to 2007.

Humes will be replacing Justice Patricia Sepulveda’s vacancy.