Several 2d District Justices found themselves in familiar surroundings this morning, in the courtroom, but in an unfamiliar location: behind the lectern, addressing a panel of AG Harris, APG Turner, and the Chief. (And the ones that didn't speak were packing the 'clerk's gallery' were the research attorneys typically sit during oral argument.)
Witnesses in support of Elwood Lui were:
Justice Arthur Gilbert (amusing as always), Justice Frances Rothschild (who repeatedly remarked on Justice Lui's "Big Brain"), Hon. Dickran Tevrizian (C.D. Cal. ret., who's known Justice Lui since elementary school), and Jones Day's Christopher Lovrien (who noted that when he asked about Justice Lui's most difficult oral argument, he responded that it was testifying at Justice Gilbert's confirmation hearing!)...
Witnesses in support of Judge John Segal were:
The Hon. Robert S. Vance Jr. (10th Judicial Circuit from Alabama -- in his Southern accent, he said something along the lines of "this Commission probably doesn't hear much testimony from people from Alabama," prompting the Chief to affect in her own theatrical Southern accent something along the lines of "but we're just deeelighted to have you here.");
LA County Bar President Paul Kiesel (who shared a baseball story);
and 2/7's PJ Dennis Perluss.
Witnesses in support of Judge Luis Lavin were:
LASC Judges Ann Jones (who officiated at Judge Lavin's wedding) and Mary Strobel.
Immediately after the confirmation vote, Justice Lavin was sworn in.
Witnesses in support of Lamar Baker were:
9th Cir. Judge Dorothy Nelson, Michael Strumwasser, and George Cardona.
Justice Baker's swearing in will be Monday at 10:30 a.m. and APJ Turner invited the public.
Stay tuned for articles in the DJ, MetNews, etc., with further coverage.
[7/24 Update: MetNews = Commission Confirms Four Brown Nominees for Court of Appeal; DJ = Committee confirms four appellate justices; Recorder = Second District Gets Four New Justices]
Also sniffing around the courtroom was Jet, an adorable black Labrador retriever, who apparently has worked in the building for the past six years, but who often isn't seen in and around the courtroom.
New justices! A puppy! Who could ask for more!