On November 21, 2018, Governor Brown appointed our own Alameda County Superior Court Judge Ioana Petrou to Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal, and San Francisco Superior Court Judge Tracie L. Brown to Division Four of the First District Court of Appeal.  The announcement is reproduced below.  Congratulations!

Ioana Petrou, 50, of Oakland, has been appointed associate justice, Division Three of the First District Court of Appeal. Petrou has served as a judge at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2010. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California from 2004 to 2010 and was counsel at O’Melveny and Myers LLP from 2002 to 2004. Petrou served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York from 2000 to 2002. She was an associate at Foley and Lardner LLP from 1996 to 1999, at Weissburg and Aronson from 1995 to 1996 and at Proskauer Rose LLP from 1994 to 1995. Petrou served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Sheila Prell Sonenshine at the Fourth District Court of Appeal in 1992. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. She will fill the vacancy created by the elevation, subject to confirmation, of Justice Stuart R. Pollak to presiding justice, Division 4 of the First 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 Xavier Becerra and Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline. Petrou is a Democrat.

Tracie L. Brown, 47, of San Francisco, has been appointed associate justice, Division Four of the First District Court of Appeal. Brown has served as a judge at the San Francisco County Superior Court since 2013. She served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of California from 2002 to 2013 and was an associate at Cooley Godward Kronish LLP from 1997 to 2002. Brown served as a law clerk for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit from 1998 to 1999 and was an associate at Morrison and Foerster LLP from 1996 to 1997. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Timothy A. Reardon. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline. Brown is a Democrat.