Court LogoSuperior Court of California, County of San Joaquin
Stockton Branch, Administration
222 E. Weber Avenue, Room 303
Stockton, CA 95202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact:Leanne Kozak, PIO
June 9, 2003Voice: (209) 468-8120
Pager: (209) 982-8528

CEREMONY SET for 3 NEW COURT COMMISSIONERS

3:30 p.m. Monday, June 9, 2003

Civic Auditorium

Dignitaries, friends and family are invited to the swearing-in ceremony for three newly appointed commissioners to the California Superior Court bench: Charlotte J. Orcutt, Lauren P. Thomasson, and Herbert Horstmann.

The public is also cordially invited to attend.

Speakers will include District Attorney John Phillips, Public Defender Gerald Gleeson, County Bar Association President Adam Blair Corren, Dept. of Child Support Services Supervising Attorney Merrill Hambright, Chief Deputy D.A. Daniel Bonnet, Interim Stockton City Attorney Jayne W. Williams, Former Stockton City Attorney Cynthia Humbert Neely, Joel Perisho, Esq., and Joseph Salazar, Esq.

Commissioner Thomasson's two daughters will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and San Joaquin Presiding Judge George Abdallah will administer the oath of office.

Immediately following, there will be a reception in the Auditorium's South Hall.

Lauren Thomasson had been a Deputy City Attorney for Stockton since 1990, where she represented the City and its officials and employees in state and federal court proceedings, and was involved in all aspects of civil litigation. She has also served as a Pro Tem small claims judge with the Superior Court in San Joaquin since 1999. Thomasson earned a B.A. in English from Carnegie-Mellon University, and a J.D. from University of Pittsburgh.

Charlotte J. Orcutt had been a San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney since 1994, most recently handling felony trials. Prior to public service, Orcutt was in private civil practice in San Diego. She holds a B.S. in business administration from California State University, San Diego, and a J.D. from University of San Diego.

Herb Horstmann has been named the Family Support Commissioner. He had been the Court's Family Law Facilitator since 1997, supervising the Family Law Pro Per Assistance Clinic. As a result of the efforts of the Pro Per staff and court personnel, the program has steadily grown each year, with almost 10,000 people served in 2002. Before joining the Court, Horstmann was in general private practice in Lodi, where he is a resident.