"GOVERNOR NAMES NEW SAN JOAQUIN JUDGE"
Elizabeth Humphreys has been appointed to the California Superior Court bench by Governor Gray Davis.
Ms. Humphreys, 46, of Manteca, is a partner with the Stockton law firm of Kroloff, Belcher, Smart, Perry & Christopherson, which she joined in 1983. She previously worked as an associate with the Law Offices of Ann Cerney in Stockton from 1981 to 1983. Her practice emphasizes a broad range of business and real estate litigation and transactional work. Ms. Humphreys has litigated major cases involving contract disputes, business torts, public and private nuisance claims, environmental claims, antitrust issues and real estate disputes. Earlier in her practice, she handled insurance defense litigation, including automobile accident, product liability, medical malpractice and construction defect cases.
Ms. Humphreys has frequently served as a Judge Pro Tempore, hearing small claims, traffic and unlawful detainer cases, and as a judicial arbitrator. She is the editor-in-chief of California Litigation, the litigation journal for the State Bar of California. She has been active in professional and community organizations. Ms. Humphreys served on the Civil Service Commission of the City of Stockton from 1983 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1998, and was the Chair of the Commission in 1986, 1992, 1993 and 1996. She sits on the boards of the San Joaquin County Bar Association, Senior Service Agency of San Joaquin County, the Council of Saint Dominic's Hospital, and the Lawyer Referral Committee of the San Joaquin County Bar Association. Ms. Humphreys is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Women's Center of San Joaquin County and a former Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Stockton. In February 2001, she received the Susan B. Anthony Women of Achievement Award for Law and Legal Services.
Ms. Humphreys is married to the Honorable George Abdallah, presiding Judge of the San Joaquin Superior Court. "Elizabeth is a bright and accomplished attorney," according to Judge Abdallah. "I am very proud of my wife, and proud to be her husband."
Ms. Humphreys earned a bachelor of arts degree, cum laude, from Bucknell University, and a juris doctorate degree from McGeorge School of Law, where she was a member of the Pacific Law Journal.
This appointment fills a position that was vacated by Judge Sandra Butler Smith who retired last year. There are now 29 judicial officers in San Joaquin County, 26 judges and 3 commissioners.