December 8, 2000
Sacramento Governor Gray Davis announced the appointment of supervising deputy attorney general Esteban Hernandez as judge of the San Diego County Superior Court.
Mr. Hernandez, 44, has spent the past sixteen years in the Criminal Division of the Attorney General's office, including the last eight as supervising deputy attorney general. In that capacity, he handles criminal appeals, federal writs of habeas corpus, and criminal trials. He supervises a team of six attorneys and has successfully defended the State in many capital punishment appeals. In addition to his regular duties, Mr. Hernandez has performed investigation on behalf of the Commission on Judicial Performance, co-chaired the Hispanic Employees Advisory Committee of the Attorney General's office and served on the Attorney General's Border Issues Task Force.
Mr. Hernandez earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California at Berkeley's Boalt Hall. He will receive a salary of $122,628. Mr. Hernandez replaces Judge Charles Patrick, who retired.