Newsom appoints Michael Kelley SLO County Superior Court judge

July 29, 2023

Judge Michael Kelley


Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday the appointment of Judge Michael Kelley to a judgeship in the San Luis Obispo County Superior Court.

Kelley served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2018. He was also a partner at Sidley Austin LLP from 1987 to 2018.

Kelley earned a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School  He is a Democrat.

Newsom selected Kelley to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Charles Crandall.

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Hopefully having two new judges down at Superior Court will make things better. I have been shocked by the incompetence of the Court and its staff over the last two years.

… Monopoly anyone

“He is a Democrat.” Superior Court Judge is not a partisan position so this information is irrelevant and only serves to proliferate the “us vs them” mentality that assumes that people can only be completely on the left or on the right. This view has already poisoned our legislature, let us not let it infect our justice system too.

Please be fair and unbiased Judge….

It would be nice to have a little synopsis of his rulings etc. But I am going to go out on a limb and make my own snap judgement based on his law school, Democrat, appointed by Newsom, San Luis obispo California, and and and his smile!

How is that for snap judgements and I am not even a mentalist

Very perceptive of you. It is amazing that you were able to reach your conclusion with only five obscure inklings as clues. Well done!

I picked up immediately on your sarcasm, but then again, I am a mentalist

For the sake of SLO County I hope you are incorrect, but, as you point out, indicators are pointing to big disappointment for good people in SLO County.

Come on people. I agree completely with Shocked in MB. I was trying to be sarcastic about this judge’s disappointing resume, and how he seems to want to shamefully flaunt it. I guess I’ll have to make it more obvious in the future.

Let’s hope this judge isn’t part of the problem that had seen the crime rate skyrocket in the LA area and he doesn’t bring that same mentality here.

I hate to disappoint you, but I think you’ll be disappointed.