On May 19, 2023, Governor Gavin Newsom of California made an announcement regarding the appointment of 27 Superior Court Judges. Among them, three individuals of Indian or part-Indian heritage were appointed: Marsha Bipin Amin, Ram Fletcher, and Sweena Pannu. According to a press release from the Governor’s office, the compensation for each of these judicial positions is $231,174. The press release also included brief biographies of the appointed Judges.
Marsha Bipin Amin
Marsha Bipin Amin, affiliated with San Diego County, has been appointed as a Judge in the San Diego County Superior Court. Amin, a Democrat, has been serving as a Managing Attorney at the Fourth District Court of Appeal since 2018.
Amin also worked as an Associate at Procopio from 2006 to 2010 and served as a Law Clerk at the U.S. District Court, Southern District of California from 2005 to 2006. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California. Amin’s appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Laura Halgren. Previously, she held the position of Senior Appellate Court Attorney at the same court.
Ram Fletcher, associated with Santa Clara County, has been appointed as a Judge in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Fletcher has been a Partner at Bohn & Fletcher LLP since 2013.
He previously worked as an Associate at Bohn & Bohn from 2007 to 2012 and as a Sole Practitioner from 2005 to 2006. Fletcher earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.
His appointment fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Charles Wilson to the Court of Appeal. Fletcher is registered without party preference.
Sweena Pannu, affiliated with Stanislaus County, has been appointed as a Judge in the Stanislaus County Superior Court. Pannu, a Democrat, has been serving as a Deputy County Counsel in the Stanislaus County Counsel’s Office since 2020.
She previously worked as a Deputy Public Defender at the Stanislaus County Public Defender’s Office from 2006 to 2020 and as an Attorney at M.L.SARIN from 1996 to 2004. Pannu holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Aberdeen School of Law.
Her appointment fills the vacancy left by the retirement of Judge Thomas D. Zeff.