San Diego Superior Court Executive Office
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Presiding & Assistant Presiding Judge
Hon. David J. Danielsen, Presiding Judge
Hon. Jeffrey B. Barton, Assistant Presiding Judge
Supervising Judges and Juvenile Presiding Judge
Hon. Kathleen M. Lewis, Supervising, Criminal
Hon. Timothy B. Taylor, Supervising, Civil
Hon. K. Michael Kirkman, Supervising, North County Division
Hon. Laura W. Halgren, Supervising, East County Division
Hon. Ana España, Supervising, South County Division
Hon. Maureen F. Hallahan, Supervising, Family Law
Hon. Carolyn M. Caietti, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Division
Hon. Peter C. Deddeh
Hon. Francis M. Devaney
Hon. Harry M. Elias
Hon. Michael S. Groch
Hon. Joan M. Lewis
Hon. Joel M. Pressman
Hon. Theodore M. Weathers
Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta (Member Ex Officio)
See a listing of all current judges and their department
The Executive Office has overall responsibility for the
administrative management of Superior Court operations.
Michael Roddy, Executive Officer
Assistant Executive Officers
Stephen Cascioppo, Central Division and South County Division
Nancy Eberhardt, East County Division and North County Division
Lyn Bell, Director, Human Resources
Karen Dalton, Public Affairs Officer
Jeff Gately, Finance, Accounting Services
Kristine Nesthus, Director, Legal Services
Celeste Schwartz, Chief Information Officer
Terri Brewton, East County Division
Carol Marchesano, South County Division
Mark Urry, North County Division
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Former presiding judges
Judge Robert J. Trentacosta
January 1, 2012-Dec. 31, 2014.
Judge Trentacosta served as the
Assistant Presiding Judge
Judge Kevin A. Enright Jan.
2010 to December 31, 2011.
Judge Kevin A. Enright will
become Presiding Judge of the
San Diego Superior Court on
January 1, 2010. Judge Enright,
who has served as the Assistant
Presiding Judge since 2008, will
assume the office vacated by
Presiding Judge Kenneth K.
So on December 31, 2009.
Judge Kevin A. Enright to Lead San Diego Superior
Judge Kevin A. Enright will become Presiding Judge of the San Diego Superior Court
on January 1, 2010. Judge Enright, who has served as the Assistant Presiding Judge
since 2008, will assume the office vacated by Presiding Judge Kenneth K. So on
December 31, 2009. In
addition, San Diego Superior Court Judges have elected Judge Robert J.
Trentacosta to serve as Assistant Presiding Judge.
In his new position, Judge Enright will supervise and manage the San Diego Superior
Court, the second largest trial court in the state.
He will oversee a court budget of more than $200 million, 155 judicial officers and
support staff of more than 1,300 employees. An Executive Committee of Superior
Court judges from around the county and administrative staff will assist Judge Enright in
leading the court.
“During these challenging budgetary times, we will continue to pursue excellence in
judging. Our judges and dedicated support staff will keep working hard while seeking to
achieve and maintain the highest level of service to the public,” says Judge Enright.
Appointed to the bench in 1995, Judge Enright’s background includes private, public,
civil and criminal law experience. Judge Enright worked at Butz, Lucas, Dunn &
Enright as a civil trial lawyer (1985-95) and worked as a Deputy District Attorney in
Ukiah, California (1979-1984). As a lawyer, he tried over 100 jury trials.
A graduate of Grossmont High School, Judge Enright received a degree in
history from Stanford University (1975) and his law degree from the University
of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California (1979)
Judge Trentacosta was appointed to the bench in 2001. His prior experience includes
work in both public and private practice including: civil litigation at Boudreau and
Trentacosta, (1991-2001); and Schall, Boudreau, and Gore, (1985-91); Deputy City
Attorney, City of San
Diego Litigation Division, (1981-85); Deputy City Attorney, City of San Diego Criminal
A 1979 graduate of the University of San Diego School of Law, Judge Trentacosta is
currently the Supervising Judge of the Superior Court’s Criminal Division.
Hon. Robert J. Trentacosta ’79 To Lead San Diego Superior
The Honorable Robert J. Trentacosta, ’79, will become Presiding Judge of the San
Diego Superior Court on January 1, 2012.
Judge Trentacosta currently serves on USD School of Law’s USD School of Alumni
Association Board of Directors and was president of the board from 2008–2009. In
addition, he is member of the law school’s Board of Visitors. Judge Trentacosta, who
has served as the Assistant Presiding Judge since 2010, will assume the office
vacated by Presiding Judge Kevin A. Enright on December 31, 2011.
“It is an honor to serve my colleagues as Presiding Judge. I am fortunate to work with
talented and conscientious judicial officers and staff who remain dedicated to providing
service to the public at the highest level,” says Judge Trentacosta.
In 2012 and 2013, Judge Trentacosta will supervise and manage the San Diego
Superior Court, the second largest trial court in the state. He will oversee 154 judicial
officers, more than 1,400 employees, and a court budget of more than $188 million.
[Maura Larkins comment: Presiding Judge Enright considered it a challenge to manage
on a $200 million budget--and that number will decrease even more in the coming
An Executive Committee of Superior Court judges from around the county and
administrative staff will assist Judge Trentacosta in this effort.
Judge Trentacosta brings diverse court administrative experience to the job. In addition
to his tenure as Assistant Presiding Judge, Judge Trentacosta has served as
Supervising Judge for the Central Criminal and the South County Divisions. In addition,
he has presided over a wide range of case assignments, including Criminal, Domestic
Violence, Juvenile Delinquency, Juvenile Dependency, Drug Court, and the Superior
Court Appellate Panel. He was instrumental in establishing the Behavioral Health Court,
an innovative program designed to manage cases involving mentally ill criminal
defendants. He has also presided over Homeless Court for the past four years.
Outside the court, Judge Trentacosta has participated in numerous judicial and
nonjudicial organizations including serving as chairperson, California Judges
Association Judicial Ethics Committee (2010–2011); instructor and curriculum author,
Supervising Judges Institute, Center for Judicial Education and Research (2009–
present). Judge Trentacosta is a frequent guest lecturer for a variety of bar association
and trial lawyer groups.
Appointed to the bench in 2001, Judge Trentacosta has had a varied career in both
private/public and civil/criminal law. His background includes co-managing partner,
Boudreau & Trentacosta (1991–2000); shareholder, Schall Boudreau & Gore (1985–
1990); deputy, Civil Litigation Division (1981–1985) and deputy, Criminal Division, San
Diego City Attorney’s Office (1980).
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