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Brown names 1st openly gay appeals court justice

By Josh Richman
Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 at 11:44 am in Jerry Brown.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday announced the appointment of one of his top aides to serve as the first openly gay justice of the California Court of Appeal.

Jim Humes, 53, of San Francisco, if confirmed will be an associate justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four, based in San Francisco.

According to an interesting 2011 profile of Humes by the Los Angeles Times’ Maura Dolan, this appointment has been in the cards for quite some time.

Humes has served as Brown’s executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy since 2011; earlier, he was chief deputy attorney general – basically running the attorney general’s office while Brown held that post – from 2007 to 2011.

He worked at the California Department of Justice from 1993 to 2007, including stints as chief assistant of the civil division and senior assistant attorney general of the health, education and welfare section. He served in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1987 to 1993; he was an associate at Banta Hoyt Banta Greene Hannen and Everall PC from 1986 to 1987 and at Jay Stuart Radetsky PC from 1983 to 1984.

Humes holds a law degree from the University of Denver; a Master of Social Science degree from the University of Colorado; and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University.

This appointment requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments, which consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala Harris and First District Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline.

If confirmed, Humes – a Democrat – will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Sepulveda. A Court of Appeal associate justice earns an annual salary of $204,599.

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