Governor names Gold River man to Sacramento Superior Court judgeship

Steven Lapham of Gold River has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to serve as a judge in the Sacramento County Superior Court.

Lapham, 60, will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Brian Van Camp, according to a news release from the Governor’s Office.

Lapham has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of California, since 1984, and as chief of the Special Prosecution Unit since 2010. He was an associate at Thornton Taylor and Downs from 1980 to 1983, and served as a law clerk for Judge Roger G. Connor of the Alaska Supreme Court from 1979 to 1980.

He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Lapham is a Democrat.

Compensation for the position is $181,292.