Local 21 Members Tapped by Governor Brown for Judgeships

Governor Jerry Brown recently appointed two Local 21 members to judgeships in Alameda County.

Former Local 21 Alameda County Public Defender’s chapter member James Cramer was been appointed to Alameda County Superior Court to fill a vacancy created by a recent retirement. Jim worked in the Public Defender’s office for eleven years. Prior to that, he was an attorney for the Alameda County District Attorney's Office and also worked in private practice.  During his tenure at the Public Defenders Officer, he served on the Union’s Steering Committee for seven years as well as the Union’s negotiations committee. He received a bachelor's degree from Santa Clara University and a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. Jim was sworn into office on March 30.

Gov. Brown also  appointed Andrew Steckler to the Alameda County Superior Court bench. Steckler, 49, of Berkeley, has spent most of his career in the Alameda County Public Defender's Office. He came on board as an associate deputy public defender in 1994 and was eventually promoted to assistant public defender in 2006. Steckler graduated from Harvard Law School and received his Bachelor of Arts from Williams College.