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Governor Appoints Four to Bench

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed four local residents to judgeships in the San Diego Superior Court.

Gary M. Bubis, 53, of El Cajon, has served as referee for the San Diego Superior Court since 1997. He was a deputy public defender for the San Diego County public defender’s office from 1992 to 1996, and a deputy for the San Diego County Counsel from 1990 to 1992. From 1980 to 1990, he was a partner with Menzies and Bubis.

A graduate of Northern Illinois University, Bubis earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a master’s degree from San Diego State University.

A Republican, Bubis fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Rafael Arreola.

Maureen F. Hallahan, 52, of La Mesa, has been a practicing attorney since 1981, and is a partner with the law firm of Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch. Previously, she was an associate and partner with the law firms of Mulvaney, Kahan & Barry and Miller, Boyko & Bell.

An SDSU graduate, Hallahan earned her law degree from the USD School of Law.

A Democrat, she fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles Wickersham.

Harry L. Powazek, 52, of San Diego, has served as a commissioner for the San Diego Superior Court since 1995. From 1985 to 1995, he was in private practice, handling family law.

A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo, Powazek earned his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law.

He fills the vacancy created by the death of Judge J. Michael Bollman. He declined to state his party affiliation.

Joel R. Wohlfeil, 51, of San Diego, has been a partner with the law firm of Boudreau, Albert & Wohlfeil since 1997. Previously, he was in private practice, specializing in civil litigation from 1996 to 1997, and an associate with the law firm of Bauman & Wohlfeil from 1991 to 1996.

A graduate of Northern Arizona University, he earned his law degree from Western State University College of Law.

A Democrat, Wohlfeil fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Raymond Edwards Jr.

The annual salary for each position is $172,648. The governor’s office announced the appointments April 13.

, Pat Broderick

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