October 25, 2002

Governor Davis Announces Appointment of Salcido to San Diego County Superior Court

SACRAMENTO — With the appointment today of Deputy District Attorney DeAnn M. Salcido as a Judge of the San Diego County Superior Court, Governor Gray Davis has appointed ten women judges in San Diego since taking office —an historic level of representation by women on the San Diego County Bench.

Of 19 San Diego judicial appointments, Gov. Davis has appointed nine women to the San Diego County Superior Court and one woman to the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal.

“As always, my top criteria is excellence,” Gov. Davis said. “I believe that women get the job done. With these appointments, the bench in San Diego County better reflects the diversity of California.”

Ms. Salcido, 37, of el Cajon, is experienced in both criminal and civil litigation. She prosecuted criminal cases as a Deputy District Attorney in Los Angeles from 1989 to 1992. She spent the next eight years in private practice with the San Diego firms of Castillo & Guevara and Haight, Brown & Bonesteel. As a private attorney. Ms. Salcido handled a variety of civil litigation matters, with an emphasis on commercial litigation and the defense of employment and personal injury claims. In December 2000, she joined the San Diego District Attorney’s office, where she has since been handling juvenile delinquency cases.

Ms. Salcido has been active in professional and community organizations. She served as President of the Lawyers Club of San Diego from 2000 to 2001. She is a member of the board of directors of San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association. She has been a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, California District Attorneys Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Mexican American Business & Professional Association, Hispanic National Bar Association, Mexican American Business & Professional Association, and the American Inns of Court, Enright Chapter. In 1999, the Board of Supervisors appointed her to the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women. In 2000, Ms. Salcido was appointed by Chancellor Robert Dynes to the board of Overseers, University of California, San Diego. She recently received the 2002 Distinguished Service Award from the UCSD Alumni Association.

Ms. Salcido earned a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, San Diego, and a juris doctorate degree from UCLA Law School, where she was Student Body President. She will receive a salary of $139,476. Ms. Salcido will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Victor E. Ramirez.

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