SACRAMENTO – Gov. Jerry Brown on Feb. 25 announced the reappointment of Nanci Nishimura, 61, of San Mateo to the California Commission on Judicial Performance, where she has served since 2011.

Nanci Nishimura
Nanci Nishimura

Nishimura has been a partner at Cotchett, Pitre and McCarthy since 2006, and has been principal there since 2002. She was an attorney at the Rossbacher Firm from 1990 to 2002 and a legislative analyst to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs in 1988.

Nishimura was a law clerk at the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation in 1988 and at the U.S. International Trade Commission in 1987, an associate at Barton Myers Associates from 1984 to 1986, construction coordinator at Gruen Associates from 1980 to 1984, and marketing consultant at Global Link International Business Liaison Inc. from 1979 to 1980.

She earned a J.D. from the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Nishimura is a Democrat.

Established in 1960, the 11-member Commission on Judicial Performance is the independent state agency responsible for investigating complaints of judicial misconduct and judicial incapacity and for disciplining judges. The chairperson is Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Erica Yew.

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