A vacant seat on the Fresno County Superior Court bench could be filled “soon,” a high-level official said.
Luis Cespedes is Gov. Gavin Newsom’s judicial appointments secretary. He delivered the keynote address in Fresno on Thursday night to at an event celebrating the launch of three ethnic bar associations.
Cespedes talked about groundbreakers in the California legal profession, and the need and value of diversity.
Speaking briefly with GV Wire, Cespedes would not divulge who might replace retired Fresno County Judge Rosemary McGuire, who left the bench last month. He would not say how soon is “soon.”
When a judge leaves during the middle of a term, the vacancy is filled by an appointment from the governor. There could be two more openings in the next few months, several sources told GV Wire, although the names could not be confirmed.
Generally, a judge considers retirement after 20 years of service. In Fresno County, Timothy Kams (appointed in 1998), Greg Fain (1998), Gary Orozco (2001), Jon Kapetan (2003), and John Vogt (2003) are all at the 20-year mark or beyond.
Several sources said Kapetan is the next to hang up the robe.
New Bar Associations Form
The Black Lawyers Association of Central California, Central Valley PrideLaw Association and the South Asian Bar Associate of Central California met at Rosé in downtown Fresno to celebrate their new groups.
State Supreme Court Justice Martin Jenkins had to settle for a Zoom appearance — inclement weather kept him in Sacramento.
Several local and federal judges attended the event. One federal judge had to leave the event early. Duty called — the judge had to head back to the office for an after-hours warrant.