Governor Brown Appoints Sunshine S. Sykes to Riverside County Superior Court


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of Sunshine S. Sykes to a judgeship in the Riverside County Superior Court.

Sykes, 39, of Riverside, has served as a deputy county counsel at the Riverside County Office of County Counsel since 2005. She was a contract attorney at the Juvenile Defense Panel from 2003 to 2005. Sykes was a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow at the California Indian Legal Services from 2001 to 2003. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University. She fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Randall White. Sykes is a Democrat. Sykes is a member of the Navajo Nation and according to the Riverside County Superior Court, she will be the first Native American judge ever appointed to the Court.

The compensation for this position is $181, 292.