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Two California Western Adjunct Professors Appointed as Superior Court Judges

Tilisha Martin and James Mangione

Governor Jerry Brown has appointed California Western adjunct professors Tilisha T. Martin '02 and James A. Mangione as judges in the San Diego County Superior Court.

Martin has been the supervising attorney at the Dependency Legal Group of San Diego, Minor's Counsel Office since 2010. She served as a deputy public defender at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office from 2005 to 2010 and was the community court coordinator for the Downtown San Diego Partnership's Clean and Safe program from 2002 to 2005.

In addition to her teaching duties, Martin is highly active with the law school, having served on the alumni board, including chairing the board's awards and scholarship committee and acting as a moot court practice judge.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a judge for the San Diego Superior Court and look forward to working with and learning from such distinguished judicial officers," says Martin. "I was overwhelmed with joy upon learning of the appointment, yet saddened to leave my work in juvenile law as it has been very rewarding."

Mangione has been a partner at Wingert, Grebing, Brubaker, & Juskie LLP since 2002. He was in private practice from 1999 to 2002 and in-house counsel at Luna, Brownwood and Rice from 1994 to 1999.

He graduated from the University of San Diego School of Law and received his Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego.

Mangione is also a coach for California Western's Moot Court Honors Board trial teams that won the mock trial competitions between San Diego's three law schools two years in a row.

"I am thrilled to join such a renowned bench," says Mangione. "While I have enjoyed my 34 years as a trial lawyer, I am excited to take on this new challenge."

Congratulations from everyone at California Western.