On Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. announced the appointment of OCBA members Gassia Apkarian and Craig E. Arthur to judgeships in the Orange County Superior Court.
Apkarian has been senior attorney and president at Apkarian Defense APC since 2007. She served as a deputy public defender at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 2000 to 2007, public relations advisor to President of Armenia Robert Kocharyan from 1998 to 1999, and was executive director of Democrats 2000 from 1997 to 1998. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of La Verne College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Apkarian fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Francisco F. Firmat.
Arthur has served as a commissioner at the Orange County Superior Court since 2005. He was an attorney in private practice from 1999 to 2005 and an attorney at the Law Office of Harold LaFlamme from 1990 to 2002. Arthur served as an attorney at the Orange County Public Defender’s Office from 1989 to 1990. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from Western State University College of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach, and an Associate of Arts degree from Orange Coast College. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Craig E. Robison.
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