Welcome to the Bench, December 2020

Congratulations to the following judges who are either new to the bench or have recently been elected, appointed or hired for a new position.

Max-Henri Covil, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona
Rusty Crandell, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona
Monica Edelstein, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona
Julie Mata, Superior Court, Maricopa County, Arizona
Laurie San Angelo, Superior Court, Pima County, Arizona
Joanna Gubman, Administrative Law Judge, Public Utilities Commission, California
Suman Mathews, Administrative Law Judge, Public Utilities Commission, California
Maria Encarnacion Berkenkotter, Supreme Court, Colorado
Anthony N. Baca, County Court, Dolores County, Colorado
Melina Hernandez, County Court, Arapahoe County, Colorado. 
Anne K. Woods, County Court, La Plata County, Colorado
Stacey Appleton, Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of Hearings and Appeals, Georgia
Joseph L. Cushner, State Court, Bulloch County, Georgia
Melynee Leftridge, Superior Court, Fulton County, Georgia
Pandora E. Palmer, Superior Court, Henry County, Georgia
Billy E. Tomlinson, State Court, Bryan County, Georgia
Fafa Alidjani, Magistrate Court, Ada County, Idaho
Stacey L. Donovan, District Court, Douglas County, Kansas
Patricia Hoeft, Trial Court, Oneida Nation, Wisconsin
Layatalati Hill, Trial Court, Oneida Nation, Wisconsin

Know of a new judge (of any kind) we’ve missed? Let us know with an email to njc-communications@judges.org. Please include an email address for the person so we can verify.

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