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News - January 6, 2010

Woodside attorney Theodore Zayner appointed to county Superior Court

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has appointed Woodside resident and trial attorney Theodore C. Zayner to be a Superior Court judge in Santa Clara County, the governor announced Dec. 29.

Mr. Zayner, 53, has practiced law since 1983 and is currently with the Campbell firm of Adleson, Hess & Kelly. He has a bachelor's degree from Stanford University and a law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Superior Court appointments are for six years, after which a judge's name goes on the ballot for an up-or-down vote on another six-year term. The stating salary is $178,789.

Candidates for judgeships apply to and are initially vetted by the Judicial Appointments Secretary, who passes them on for further review to the Judicial Selection Advisory Committee and panels from the state and local bar associations.

Mr. Zayner already serves as a temporary judge and judicial arbitrator in Santa Clara County, and as an arbitrator and mediator for superior courts in San Mateo and Merced counties, according to his online bio at Adleson, Hess.

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