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Schwarzenegger Appoints 11, Mostly Democrat, L.A. County Judges

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Today, Governor Schwarzenegger is appointing judges around the state, filling vacated spots. Of the eleven announced today for Los Angeles County, eight are Democrats, two are Republicans and one is decline to state. Each are paid a salary of $178,789, which does not include the benefits they get from the county, as alleged by Richard Fine. Because judges are rarely reported on, LAist has made this gallery of photos with biographies provided by the Governor's Office.

Bios for the first two photos

Dianna J. Gould-Saltman, 51, of Los Angeles, has been a partner at Gould-Saltman Law Offices since 1997 and was a sole practitioner at the firm from 1994 to 1997. Previously, she was an attorney for the Law Offices of Lorraine C. Gollub from 1986 until 1994. Gould-Saltman worked for Gollub & O’Connor as a law clerk, then associate attorney from 1984 until 1986. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine. Gould-Saltman fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Judith C. Chirlin. Gould-Saltman is a Democrat.

Chestopher L. Taylor, 55, of Manhattan Beach, has been a sole practitioner since 1991. Previously, he was an associate with Sidley & Austin from 1988 to 1990. Taylor was a law clerk for the Honorable Lawrence T. Lydick, judge of the U. S. District Court, Central District of California from 1987 until 1988. Prior to that, he was an assistant district attorney with the New York City District Attorney’s Office from 1983 to 1987. Taylor earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law and a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William R. Chidsey. Taylor is registered decline-to-state.