SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Dec. 27 announced the appointment of Mark K. Hanasono, 39, of Los Angeles to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Mark Hanasono
Mark Hanasono

Hanasono has served as a deputy alternate public defender in the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office since 2004; as a deputy public defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2004; and as a law clerk for Judge Stephanie Duncan-Peters at the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1999 to 2000.

He earned a J.D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. degree from UC Berkeley. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Stephanie Sautner. Hanasono is a Democrat.

Also appointed to the Los Angeles County Superior Court were Daniel Juarez, 47, of Rancho Palos Verdes, an administrative law judge at the California Office of Administrative Hearings; Shelley J. Kaufman, 56, of West Hollywood, an attorney at Geragos & Geragos; and Dorothy C. Kim, 41, of Los Angeles, deputy chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California Criminal Division.

The compensation for each of these positions is $181,292.

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