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Newsom names FilAm as judge of Solano County Superior Court

By Claire Morales True

SACRAMENTO – Filipino Americans are doing as well in the bench and judiciary in the United States.

In California, a FilAm, Tani Cantil-Sakauye, was until recently Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. At present, another FilAm, Rob Bonta, is the state’s Attorney General.

California Governor Gavin Newsom added another FilAm to the long list as he appointed seasoned Filipino American lawyer Marlo Selina Nisperos as a judge in the Solano County Superior Court.

Newsom also announced his nomination of two Court of Appeal Justices – Judge Tara Desautels as an Associate Justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Two and Justice Gonzalo Martinez as Presiding Justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Seven.

Newsom recently appointed Filipino American judges in Southern California, including Los Angeles County Superior Court Judges Christine Gonong, Cristina Legaspi and Lowrie Mendoza, and Orange County Superior Court Judge Bryan Clavecilla.

In San Bernardino County, Fil-Am deputy district attorney Michelle Lauron won by landslide as Superior Court judge in the March 5 primary election.

 Nisperos has served as an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings since 2019. She was a Sole Practitioner from 2016 to 2019 and a Partner at the Law Offices of Nisperos and Small from 2015 to 2016 specializing in immigration and family law. 

Nisperos served as a Deputy District Attorney at the Solano County District Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2015. 

Nisperos, who earned in 2005 a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Earl B. Nelson. She is a Democrat.

Judge Nisperos belongs to a family of lawyers. Her parents Michael A. Nisperos Sr. and Eleanor, who earned a law degree from the University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, School of Law, both served as Assistant Attorney General in Marianas.

The National Filipino American Lawyers Association (NFALA) congratulated Nisperos, who has served on the Board of NFALA affiliate, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California.