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Local Panels Help Governor Fill Vacancies On the Bench

San Francisco Daily Journal - November 16, 2004

By Donna Domino
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vastly expanded the use of local committees to review bench candidates before they are vetted by the State Bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation.

Redwood City insurance defense attorney Gerald Jay Buchwald and career San Mateo County prosecutor John Leo Grandsaert are among eight to 10 judicial candidates being evaluated for San Mateo judgeships by one such local committee, according to an anonymous legal insider who called the new process "pre-judging JNE."