The week of January 18, 2011 brings two new judges to Department 3 and Department 4 and to the Sacramento Superior Court. I am happy to report that both judges are good listeners and seem to want to do the right thing. Tami R. Bogert is the Judge in Department 3 and Curtis M. Fiorini presides in Department 4. Judge Bogert appears to be a local girl, having gone to California State University, Sacramento and then Lincoln Law School. She became a lawyer in 2000 and was appointed to the bench in December 2010 by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. It looks as though she worked for him, for some period of time, as his deputy legal affairs secretary. Although she is young, a relatively new lawyer and I do not see work that suggests trial court experience, I have always maintained that good people make good judges. Judge Fiorini went to California State University, Stanislaus, and then California Western School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in 1996. He worked for the district attorney in Stanislaus and later Sacramento County. Based on my own dealings with him, during his time with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, I think you can expect fairness within the confines of the law. Both Judges have to run for retention of their offices in 2012. That means they have two years to prove themselves to the other jurists, the members of the California State Bar that practice in their courts and the public. At that time they will be up for re-election. I wish them both well!