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UPDATED: Lesbian attorney appointed to San Diego County Superior Court

SAN DIEGO – A prominent lesbian attorney has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to fill a vacancy on the San Diego County Superior Court.

Paula S. Rosenstein will replace Judge Linda B. Quinn, who retired.

Rosenstein is a shareholder at Rosenstein Wilson and Dean PLC, where she has been an attorney since 1997. She has been in law practice since 1987.

Many in San Diego’s LGBT community know Rosenstein for her work when she was co-president of the Tom Homann LGBT Law Association. She specializes in domestic partnership and employment issues.

Rosenstein earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of California San Diego and her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law.

Assemblywoman Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), who will be the Assembly Floor Leader when the new session begins Dec. 3, applauded the appointment.

“I have known Paula Rosenstein for 25 years and cannot imagine anyone better suited for the role of judge," Atkins said.

"In addition to her success as a litigator, Paula has been a leader on issues affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and women’s communities. These experiences have given Paula a rich understanding of the many factors that influence one’s life experience and how they may lead one into the legal system," she said.

"As an advocate for the under-served and marginalized, she possesses the empathy necessary for finding just solutions. As an advisor and litigator on behalf of businesses and other organizations, she is aware of the practical considerations that that are key to a functioning society. This balance will enable her to make sound decisions as a judge," Atkins said.

"Justice in San Diego took an important step forward with this appointment and I am grateful to Governor Brown for his action.”

Gov. Brown also made history this week by appointing Jim Humes as the first openly gay justice on the California Court of Appeals. Humes, 53, of San Francisco, will serve on the First District Court of Appeals. Brown is very familiar with Humes’ work, since he has been Brown’s executive secretary for legal affairs, administration and policy since 2011 and the state’s chief deputy attorney general when Brown as attorney general from 2007 to 2011.