Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday announced the appointment of Stephen P. Acquisto of Sacramento and Michael G. Bowman of Elk Grove to Sacramento Superior Court judgeships.
Acquisto, 45, has been chief deputy legal affairs adviser in the Governor’s Office since 2011. He served as a supervising deputy attorney general in the California Department of Justice from 2004 to 2010 and as a deputy attorney general from 2001 to 2004.
Acquisto was an adjunct professor at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law from 2003 to 2005. He also has experience with private law firms, working as an associate at Mennemeir Glassman and Stroud LLP from 1998 to 2001 and at Rushford and Bonotto LLP from 1995 to 1998.
He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
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Acquisto’s appointment is effective Jan. 31. He will fill the vacancy to be created by the retirement of Judge Peter J. McBrien.
Bowman, 53, has been a criminal defense attorney in private practice since 1995. He was a partner at Lewis and Bowman from 1991 to 1995, and a deputy district attorney in the Kern County District Attorney’s office from 1988 to 1991.
Bowman earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Lloyd Connelly.
Both Acquisto and Bowman are Democrats. The annual compensation for each position is $182,292.