Governor Brown appointed two Alameda County Superior Court Judges in June, then appointed one Alameda County jurist to the First District Court of Appeal in July.
Jenna M. Whitman, 45, of Oakland, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Whitman has served as a court appellate attorney at the First District Court of Appeal since 2017. She served as a research attorney at the Alameda County Superior Court from 2007 to 2017. Whitman was an associate at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann and Bernstein LLP from 2005 to 2007 and at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk and Rabkin from 2001 to 2004. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Yale College. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge George C. Hernandez, Jr. Whitman is a Democrat. Judge Whitman has been assigned to preside in Department 607 in Fremont.
Richard L. Seabolt, 68, of Piedmont, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Seabolt has been a partner at Duane Morris LLP since 2006. He was a partner at Hancock, Rothert and Bunshoft from 1982 to 2005, where he was an associate from 1975 to 1981. Seabolt earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Alice Vilardi. Seabolt is a Democrat. Judge Seabolt has been assigned to preside in Department 521 in Hayward.
Alison M. Tucher, 55, of Berkeley, has been appointed associate justice, Division Four of the First District Court of Appeal. Tucher has served as a judge at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2014. She was a partner at Morrison and Foerster from 2004 to 2014, where she was a litigator from 1998 to 2004. She served as a deputy district attorney at the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office from 1995 to 1998 and was assistant director of the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s White House Security Review Team from 1994 to 1995. Tucher served as a law clerk for the Honorable David H. Souter at the U.S. Supreme Court and for the Honorable William A. Norris at the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College. Tucher fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Maria P. Rivera. 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. Tucher is a Democrat.