A staff attorney’s retirement from the California Supreme Court last month has had a domino effect, leading to a shuffling of positions that has opened up a job for an eager outsider.
According to the court’s communications office, Maryann Aruti, a graduate of John F. Kennedy University School of Law, retired from the civil central staff in June after nine years on the court.
That led to Darien Pope, a research attorney for Chief Justice Ronald George, deciding to replace Aruti for a change of pace. That was a big deal because Pope, a UCLA School of Law grad, had been on George’s staff since he was a member of the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles.
George quickly filled that vacancy with Sunil Gupta, a UC-Berkeley School of Law graduate who had been on the capital case central staff.
The Supreme Court is now actively seeking candidates for Gupta’s old job. It pays between $62,000 a year and $144,000 a year, depending on experience.