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Four judges to join Riverside, San Bernardino county courts

By in Press Enterprise on November 2, 2017

By Imran Ghori

The Inland area judicial bench, which has long had a shortage of judges, has received a boost.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday, Nov. 2, appointed four judges to Riverside and San Bernardino County superior courts.

In recent years, the region’s fast growth has called attention to a lack of justices to hear civil and criminal cases. The Inland counties have had a shortage of judges that has been among the worst in California.

Godofredo Magno, 47, a supervising deputy public defender who has been with Riverside County Public Defender’s office since 1998, will join the Riverside County Superior Court.

Magno, a Democrat and Riverside resident, received his law degree from Southwestern University Law School.

Joining him on that court is Randall S. Stamen, a 50-year-old Riverside resident who has been a sole practitioner since 1994. Stamen, a Republican, earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

San Bernardino County Chief Deputy Public Defender Michael A. Camber, a 57-year-old Brea resident, will join the court in that county. Camber, a Democrat, has worked in the county’s public defender’s office since 2006 and been in his current post since 2013.

Camber previously served with the Orange County Alternate Defender’s Office from 1996 to 2006 and was an Orange County deputy public defender from 1986 to 1989. He received his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law.

Michelle H. Gilleece, a 47-year-old Riverside resident, was also appointed to the San Bernardino court. A Democrat, she has been a partner at Friedman and Gilleece since 2004 and has been an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne and an assistant in the Riverside mayor’s office from 2003 to 2004. She earned her law degree at Tulane University Law School.

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