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University of San Diego School of Law
Advocate Fall 2017 Issue

In the Courts

Five alumni appointed to judiciary

In December 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Cynthia Freeland, ’95 (JD), and Maryann D’Addezio Kotler, ’91 (JD), to judgeships in the San Diego Superior Court and also named Richard T. Fields, ’87 (LL M), to Division Two of the 4th District Court of Appeal in Riverside County. In May 2017, Brown appointed Gregory J. Elvine-Kreis, ‘99 (JD), to the Humboldt County Superior Court. Also in May 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Damien M. Schiff, ’04 (JD), for a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Freeland had been a partner and attorney at Schor and Freeland LLP since 2007. She was a national partner at Baker and McKenzie LLP from 2003 to 2007 and an associate at that firm from 1996 to 2003. Freeland served as a law clerk for the Honorable A. Andrew Hauk at the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, from 1995 to 1996.

D’Addezio Kotler served as a deputy public defender at the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office from 1992. She served as a deputy public defender at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1991 to 1992. 

Fields served as a judge at the Riverside County Superior Court from 2000, as presiding judge from 2007 to 2008 and commissioner from 1991 to 2000. Fields served as a deputy public defender at the Riverside County Public Defender’s Office from 1990 to 1991 and 1985 to 1988. He was an attorney at the Law Offices of Reynolds, Bawden and Lawson from 1988 to 1990.

Elvine-Kreis served as supervising attorney at the Humboldt County Public Defender’s Office from 2013, where he previously served as a deputy public defender from 2010 to 2013. He was an associate at the Law Offices of Mark Berg from 2003 to 2010.

Schiff is a senior attorney at the Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit legal organization based in Sacramento. He has extensive experience litigating cases concerning a variety of federal and state environmental and land-use issues, including Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a groundbreaking decision in which the United StatesSupreme Court upheld the right  of landowners to challenge Clean Water Act compliance orders issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.