"GOVERNOR NAMES NEW SAN JOAQUIN JUDGE"
Franklin Stephenson, president of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, has been appointed to the California Superior Court bench by Governor Gray Davis.
"We welcome the appointment and look forward to Mr. Stephenson joining the bench, " according to the Honorable George Abdallah, Presiding Judge of the San Joaquin Superior Court. "I have already spoken with him, and discussed possible assignments. Mr. Stephenson is a well-respected member of the legal community, and I'm sure that he will be a well-respected member of the bench."
Stephenson, 41, obtained his Juris Doctor Degree at Humphrey's College School of Law in 1988, then began work at the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office. In 1989 he joined Rishwain, Hakeem and Ellis in private practice. In 1994 he rejoined the D.A.s office where he is now supervising deputy D.A. of the Special Operations Division. A resident of Escalon, Stephenson is also an active member of the community.
This appointment fills a position that was newly created for San Joaquin Superior Court January 1, 2001. There is still one vacancy on the bench, to replace Judge Sandra Butler Smith who retired last year. There are now 29 judicial officers in San Joaquin County, 26 judges and 3 commissioners.
A swearing-in ceremony for Mr. Stephenson has been tentatively set for May 10th.