USD School of Law Alumni David Hesseltine ’96 (JD) and Matthew Guerrero ’99 (JD) Named Superior Court Judges

David Hesseltine '96 (JD) and Matthew Guerrero '99 (JD) Named Superior Court Judges

Sacramento (January 3, 2018) – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the appointment of 33 California superior court judges in December, including University of San Diego (USD) School of Law alumni David Hesseltine, '96 (JD), and Matthew Guerrero, '99 (JD).

Hesseltine has been appointed to a judgeship in the Orange County Superior Court. Hesseltine has served as a senior appellate attorney at the Fourth District Court of Appeal since 2010. He served as a senior legal research attorney at the Orange County Superior Court from 2004 to 2010. Hesseltine was a partner at Connor, Blake and Griffin LLP from 2003 to 2004, where he was an associate from 1996 to 2002. Hesseltine fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Andrew P. Banks. He is a Democrat. 

Guerrero has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court. Guerrero has been a sole practitioner since 2002. He was a contract attorney for the California Parole Advocacy Program from 2005 to 2011 and for Maguire and Ashbaugh as a public defender from 2002 to 2017. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge John A. Trice. Guerrero is a Democrat.

About University of San Diego School of Law

Each year, USD educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world. The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates. The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 35th nationally and 6th on the West Coast among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 20th nationally and 4th on the West Coast in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN). The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.

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