SAN DIEGO, January 22, 2009 - California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Howard L. Halm, '68, to Los Angeles County Superior Court judge and Ronald F. Frazier, '82, to San Diego County Superior Court judge.
Halm, 66, of Los Angeles, has worked as an equity partner for Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker since 2000. Prior to that, he was a shareholder, partner and associate for Breidenbach, Buckley, Huchting, Halm & Hamblet from 1975 to 2000 and a deputy attorney general for the California Department of Justice from 1969 to 1975. Halm earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Leon S. Kaplan. Halm is a Democrat.
Frazier, 54, of San Diego, has been of counsel for Dietz, Gilmor & Associates since 2003 and a sole practitioner since 2000. From 1998 to 2000, he was a partner for Walters, Frazier, Caietti, Rutan & Lopez and, from 1989 to 1998, Frazier served as shareholder and director for Shifflet, Walters, Kane & Konoske. He was a shareholder for Mullen Dofflemyre & Frazier from 1985 to 1989 and an associate for Jones & Mullen from 1982 to 1985. Frazier earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton. He fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Michael M. Anello. Frazier is a Democrat.
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