The last of the latest batch of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s appointments to the San Francisco bench was sworn in on Friday.
Several people who spoke at Judge Monica Wiley’s swearing-in ceremony made reference to her experience playing the point guard position in basketball. In fact, Presiding Judge James McBride joked that the five most recent appointees have taken to calling themselves the “Fab Five” (the nickname for the legendary University of Michigan basketball team that reached the NCAA championship game as freshmen in 1992). Veteran criminal defense attorney James Collins, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Cheng, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman partner Jeffrey Ross and Samuel Feng, a private practitioner and former in-house counsel for the California State Automobile Association, fill out this recruitment class.
So with Wiley, how many African-American women are there on the local bench now? Read on, after the jump ...
Judge Teri Jackson swore Wiley in, telling her before her picture-snapping family and friends that “being fair is not easy.”
Wiley, who comes to the bench from Carlson, Calladine & Peterson and was a San Francisco deputy city attorney before that, said that when she sat down to dinner after first learning of her appointment to the bench, her father said a prayer to “give her compassion and wisdom.”
Jackson also talked about the fact that Wiley is the second African-American woman (after Jackson) to sit on San Francisco’s superior court, and that beyond doing their jobs, they have a responsibility “to encourage and make sure we’re not the only ones in the city and county of San Francisco.”
Judge Susan Breall and Jackson had some practical advice to offer as well –- Jackson suggested keeping a fan close by, and Breall suggested wearing lightweight robes. Apparently it gets hot up on the bench.
— Kate Moser