Governor Brown Appoints Jim Humes as Associate Justice of the First District Court of Appeal


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Jim Humes as associate justice of the First District Court of Appeal, Division Four.

Humes, 53, of San Francisco, has served as executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy at the Office of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. since 2011. He was chief deputy attorney general at the Office of Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. from 2007 to 2011. Humes served in multiple positions at the California Department of Justice from 1993 to 2007, including chief assistant of the civil division and senior assistant attorney general of the health, education and welfare section. He served in the Colorado Attorney General’s Office from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1987 to 1993. Humes was an associate at Banta Hoyt Banta Greene Hannen and Everall PC from 1986 to 1987 and at Jay Stuart Radetsky PC from 1983 to 1984. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver, a Master of Social Science degree from the University of Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois State University.

Humes fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Patricia Sepulveda. This position requires confirmation by the Commission on Judicial Appointments. The Commission consists of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and Senior Presiding Justice J. Anthony Kline. Humes will be the first openly gay justice to serve on the California Court of Appeal, if confirmed. Humes is a Democrat.

The compensation for this position is $204,599.