Governor Brown Appoints Stephanie Thornton-Harris as San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Stephanie Thornton-Harris, an attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge.

Stephanie E. Thornton-Harris, 54, of Pasadena, has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Thornton-Harris has served as a deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Central District of California since 2012. She served as a bench officer at the San Bernardino County Superior Court from 2007 to 2011, where she was a juvenile hearing officer from 1999 to 2001. Thornton-Harris served as a judge pro tem at the San Bernardino County Superior Court and the Office of Administrative Hearings from 2003 to 2007 and was an administrative law judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings from 2001 to 2002. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Northwestern University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University. She fills the vacancy of a new position created on September 18, 2017. Thornton-Harris is a Democrat.

Read the official announcement from the California Governor’s office here.

Judge Thornton-Harris joins an impressive list of former FPD-CDCA alumni who have become judges, including:

Maria E. Stratton Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Dennis J. Landin Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Jesus G. Bernal United States District Judge
Paul L. Abrams United States District Judge
Stephen J. Hillman United States Magistrate Judge
K. Kiya Kato United States Magistrate Judge
Alicia Y. Blanco Los Angeles County Commissioner
Michael D. Abzug Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
James R. Dunn Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Michael Garcia Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Elizabeth Macias Orange County Superior Court Judge
Firdaus Dordi Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Ashfaq (Ron) Chowdhury Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge
Stephanie Thornton-Harris San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge
Christopher Dybwad Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge.