Metropolitan News-Enterprise
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Monday, March 31, 2003

Orange Superior Court Judge James Selna
Confirmed To U.S. District Court for Central

Orange Superior Court Judge James V. Selna
has been confirmed as the newest judge of the U.
S. District Court for the Central District of

U.S. senators voted 97-0 on Thursday to confirm
the 58-year-old jurist after less than two minutes
of discussion. Selna was nominated Jan. 29 for
the seat left vacant when Judge J. Spencer Letts
took senior status in December 2000.

Selna, 58, was named to the Orange Superior
Court by then-Gov. Pete Wilson on New Year’s
Eve, 1998, just before Wilson left office. Before
joining the bench he was a partner at O’Melveny
& Myers, having joined the firm in Los Angeles
right out of Stanford Law School in 1970 and
moved to the Newport Beach office in 1978.

His practice focused largely on business litigation,
including antitrust and trade secrets issues, often
representing technology companies in recent
years. Among his antitrust clients was the
National Football League.

He also arbitrated as a member of the National
Panel and Large Complex Case Panel of the
American Arbitration Association.

As a Superior Court judge, his assignments have
included long-cause civil trials, criminal cases at
the Fullerton courthouse, and civil fast-track. Off
the bench, he has served as president and
general counsel of the Newport Harbor Art
Museum, as a director of Phoenix House, and as
a trustee of the county law library...
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