Between 1982 and 2012, she worked in public defense law in Santa Clara County, as an assistant public defender and deputy public defender in the county's Public Defender's and Alternate Defender's offices.
She also worked as an associate at the Boccardo Law Firm in 1997 and as an attorney at Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP in 2001.
She earned her law degree from the University of California, Hastings College, and a bachelor's degree from Grinnell College.
Her appointment, announced Dec. 22, will have to be confirmed by the California court system's Commission on Judicial Appointments.
Ms. Greenwood is a Democrat. Her expected annual compensation is $229,918.
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