Amy L. Sekany, 47, of Livermore, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Sekany has served as the Alameda County Superior Court’s family law facilitator and managing attorney of Self-Help Services since 2016. She was the managing attorney for the Eviction Defense Center in Oakland from 2014 to 2016 and from 2005 to 2009. Sekany was an associate at Wylie, McBride, Platten and Renner from 2009 to 2014, where she was a law clerk from 1999 to 2001. She was a crisis counselor and case manager at the Tri Valley Haven domestic violence shelter from 2001 to 2004. Sekany served as an assistant state’s attorney at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office in Illinois from 1998 to 1999 and as an assistant public defender at the Lake County Public Defender’s Office from 1997 to 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Millikin University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Dan Grimmer. Sekany is a Democrat.

Jason Clay, 48, of San Ramon, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Clay has served as a commissioner at the Alameda County Superior Court since 2013. He was a partner at Clay and Bowen LLP from 2008 to 2013 and a sole practitioner from 2006 to 2008. He served as a deputy public defender at the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office from 1995 to 2006. Clay earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Colorado Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Willie Lott, Jr. Clay is registered without party preference.

James R. Reilly, 63, of Piedmont, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Alameda County Superior Court. Reilly has been a partner at Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani since 1995. He was an associate at Pillsbury Madison and Sutro from 1986 to 1990 and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy from 1976 to 1983. Reilly earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Robert B. Freedman. Reilly is registered without party preference.